Interesting. Of my 4 started pullets from Meyer, 1 has a couple leg feathers. I enjoy them and they're not for breeding so it's no big deal to me, but clearly Meyer's australorp lines aren't perfect. I guess that happens with hatchery birds but was interested to see another Meyer australorp odd ball.I have 3 though I'm pretty sure the two 4 year olds from Meyer have some Jersey Giant in them.
I had 2 BA, and they didn't show much of a comb at all at 3.5 weeks. They started showing more around 7-8 weeks, and then it was just a small yellow comb.Anyone know what age the pullets start to show red combs? We have 8 australorps that are 3.5 weeks old and 3 have red combs. The rest have black or yellow combs.
I didn't realize we could already sex some of them this early. I read australorps take a long time to be able to sex. I guess it's still too early to sex the pullets, though.Anything showing red at that age is a cockerel. Pullets won't start pinking up until they are much closer to laying age.