Black Australorp Chicks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Grumpypantsmomma, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Grumpypantsmomma

    Grumpypantsmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I Bought some chicks from My pet chicken and they arrived roughly 4 weeks ago! They were all hatched the same day! These two I bought as Black Australorp Pullet! One is significantly larger then the other! ya i know some chicks are bigger but compared to all my other chicks that arrived in the same order its bigger then the rest of them! Its hard to see in this picture but its the chick in the back! Is it an Australorp? Or is it a Cockerel!
    The reason in asking is simple i know the sexing isn't 100%, but The hatch day they called me and said they hatched one short of my white cochin, I asked for the extra Light Brahma that hatched that day, I Got Salmon Faverolle chick, which they were supposed sold out of! So i am wondering if they screwed up once could it have happened with these two, are they the same breed or different, or is one a Cockerel?
    Little poop squated down when I took the pic, it's the one in the back in both pictures, also significantly more feathered out then chick 2 in front!
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  2. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

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    They do have white on them before they feather out, if i remember correctly. I would believe they are both black australorps and its hard to tell by that pic and age of the gender.
     
  3. Grumpypantsmomma

    Grumpypantsmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks I will get better less blurry pics in the morning!
     
  4. Mama Hen Chris

    Mama Hen Chris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are my Black Australorps at 3-4 weeks old. Pullet on left and Roo on right. I got them at the feed store and thought I was getting pullets. At 9 weeks, it was confirmed that He was definitely a he as we heard the most pitiful crowing in their run.


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    Can you spot Apollo with the girls? He was originally called Apolonia ( after my mom). Can't have roos in my neighborhood so the feed store took him back.
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  5. Grumpypantsmomma

    Grumpypantsmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for posting pics! The chick in question is as big as the Boy in your picture but with very little to no comb! Once you catch it she calms right down! It is twice as big as the other one, my pics don't do Her any justice though!
    Ps. Love you mothers name!
     
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  6. jmtcmkb

    jmtcmkb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a black australorp ordered from MPC and she is 5 weeks. I have 5 chicks and only one australorp but I will tell you she towers over everyone else, I am not sure if it is because i's a rooster or just the breed. I also have 2 red stars and one is significantly larger than the other. I think you just have to watch the comb and wattles. My australopr started gettting pink wattles at 3-4 weeks, so I am wonderin if its a rooster. She laso has a large comb that looks like its starting to get pinkish.
     
  7. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I have one extra-large pullet of the same breed as two others of typical size. Even at 30 weeks, I can see a size difference. She's definitely female, it's purely an individual thing.

    It's also worth noting that your chicks appear to have different colored skin. With hatchery birds, it's not horribly uncommon to get a bird with such a variance but it could be that your yellow-skinned chick is showing more characteristics of whatever birds they've used for their outcrossing (Australorps should have white skin).
     
  8. Mama Hen Chris

    Mama Hen Chris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for posting pics! The chick in question is as big as the Boy in your picture but with very little to no comb! Once you catch it she calms right down! It is twice as big as the other one, my pics don't do Her any justice though!
    Ps. Love you mothers name!

    You are welcome. Mom does have a unique name. She is Polish.
     
  9. Grumpypantsmomma

    Grumpypantsmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The chick with yellow skin in the picture's skin is actually pink but for some reason when i take it's pic its yellow looking, it has pinkish white soles on its feet just like the other one! So i guess because they are hatchery stock they could have Variance between them. The only others they hatchery sell that are black are mottled Javas( black leg with yellow soles) and Jersey Giant(Black Legs with yellow soles)
    I guess we'll see!
     
  10. Grumpypantsmomma

    Grumpypantsmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Her comb isn't really getting pink yet, nor is it all that big, Just her,I am Leaning towards pullet. I am wondering if the two chicks aren't actually different breeds though!
     

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