Australorp at 12 weeks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ChickenLady♡, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. ChickenLady♡

    ChickenLady♡ Songster

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    I have a bit of a mixed bag of chickens aged between 10 and 14 weeks old. This australorp is 12 weeks ol d and has me a bit stumped about whether it is a pullet or cockerel. I have a terrible hunch it may be a cockerel - much more comb and wattle than its sister and thick legs but it behaves like the girls rather than the boys. What do you think? Would it be more obvious as a cockerel at this age? I know australorp pullets can show some comb and wattle at this age. Are these the start of pointy saddle feathers?
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    The last picture is another australorp (same age).
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  2. chickengr

    chickengr Crowing

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    looks like pullet to me. the saddle feathers are round.
     
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  3. Melky

    Melky Spring has sprung!

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    I’m thinking Pullet. Signs of young Pullet pale pink combs. A rooster would have larger feet, dark red larger combs and wattles, and saddle feathers over the back that point down. Plus crowing. But can take up to 17 weeks to tell.

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  4. AlleysChicks

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    Blue is a cockerel and the splash is a pullet.
     
  5. rebrascora

    rebrascora Free Ranging

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    I'm leaning towards cockerel for the darker one due to the significant comb and wattle development and slightly darker patches on the wing bows but you have picked an awkward age to be sure. Younger and the comb would be more of a "tell" and older, the saddle feathers would be more obvious. Also a full side profile photo usually makes it easier than any other angle for seeing the saddle feathers but another couple of weeks should make it more obvious.
     
  6. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    Totally a cockerel. A pullet wouldn't have that much comb or wattle, or that much redness in the face at only 12 weeks. In addition, I think I see the start of male saddle feathers growing in on that topside pic.
     
  7. Rachel Taylor

    Rachel Taylor Crowing

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    Ive had certain chickens have a comb and wattles that size and color at 10 weeks. Not familiar with that breed though. My guess is pullet. I even have one hen that has some smaller saddle feathers. With her attitude I was second guessing her till she laid me an egg. I’m not expert but that’s my vote
     
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  8. JedJackson

    JedJackson Crossing the Road

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    I think cockerel for the blue, pullet for the splash. The blue has patchy coloring, and those dark, kind of shiny feathers down the middle of its back look like the beginnings of the pointy, male specific feathering to me. Plus the large comb and wattles at such and early age.
     
  9. andreanar

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    Weird and awkward age lol, Im going with pullet.
     
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  10. Alexandra33

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    I'm spotting the start of male specific plumage on your blue, which definitely indicates cockerel. :) Splash is a beautiful pullet.

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