Black Australorp at about 18 weeks, need to know gender

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by OrpingtonBrahma, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. OrpingtonBrahma

    OrpingtonBrahma Just Hatched

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    So... We are questioning a Black Australorp at about 18 weeks and need to know for certain by end of week. This is One Australorp.

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  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    He's a cockerel.
     
  3. Kim Z

    Kim Z Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bright red face and gorgeous tail feathers say cockerel to me.
     
  4. OrpingtonBrahma

    OrpingtonBrahma Just Hatched

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    What gives it away to you as being a Cockeral so I would know for the future.
     
  5. Kim Z

    Kim Z Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cockerels have larger and redder combs from a very early age. Pullets don't develop large red combs until they are ready to lay.

    The tail feathers are long, arched and pointed on cockerels. I couldn't tell from your pics but look on the side of you bird right in front of the tail. If there are long skinny feathers hanging down in an arc that is another clue. They are called sickle feathers and only the boys get them.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    all those things, Plus he is strutting like a rooster
     

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