australorps - what have i got???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Spacekettle2, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. Spacekettle2

    Spacekettle2 New Egg

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    My 2 australorps that i hatched are now 8.5weeks old, I have a blue and a black, the blue was initially quite chunky in size compared to the black and had a slightly more prominent comb but in the last 2 weeks little black has almost caught up in size and has definitely got now a very similar sized comb and wattles. i don't have any other australorps to compare to and have heard that this breed can be one of the latest to sex well so I'd appreciate any thoughts. I'm not seeing any significant different feathering but not really sure what to be spotting!

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  2. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's a lot of comb development for only 8.5 weeks old. I would say you have two roos.
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Given the size and redness of the combs and wattles at only 8.5 weeks, both of them are cockerels. :eek:(
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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  5. Spacekettle2

    Spacekettle2 New Egg

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    sounds like muy suspicions were correct - boys! anyone with australorp experience able to give me a rough idea of when to expect crowing??? will give me an idea of how urgent my home hunting is :)
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
    both cockerels - sorry
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Most cockerel breeds including Australorps start crowing from 4-5 months. However, sometimes it can be considerably longer before they begin crowing and on rare cases can be nearly a year.
     

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