Australorps & RIRs

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mattd1089, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. mattd1089

    mattd1089 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First time caller, long time listener here! My wife and I finally dove in to the "egg business" after talking about it for years. I've been reading lots of articles on sexing our three Australorps & three RIRs and I am just still not sure. I realize we can't be 100% certain, but I figure someone on here will recognize some features that I don't see or understand. I have myself convinced that these are males - your thoughts? I can take some more pictures if needed.

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    The top picture I can only see clearly the top chicks which looks to be a rooster, once again on the bottom photo the top chick looks rooster. Better photos of them would help. Any of them that have pink combs at that age will be males, females will have an orange yellow comb for a few months.
     
  3. mattd1089

    mattd1089 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    It does look like two roosters and a hen.
     
  5. mattd1089

    mattd1089 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two of the Australorps have long pointed tail feathers and one has short/stumpy tail feathers. I wonder which is more accurate, the tail feathers or the comb?
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    I always refer to the combs than refer to secondary signs like slow feathering, erect stance, boldness, and being more vocal, I would wait a couple more weeks to be certain.
     
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    galvinj Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    At this age I mainly look at wing feathers. Once they get older I use other feathers such as: Neck/Hackle, Tail covert/Saddle feathers and Sickle feathers, and back feathers.
     
  9. mattd1089

    mattd1089 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Updated pictures. What do you all think now? I think 2/3 Australorps are roosters...

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  10. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    I see two roosters and one hen of each breed, so two hens and four roosters.
     

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