Black Australorp Difference between cock and hen

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by dansdeals3489, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. dansdeals3489

    dansdeals3489 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a stupid question that I was hoping could be answered. I have 4 Buff Orpingtons and 4 Black Australorps. 2 of the black australorps have larger comb and waddles. They are 16 weeks old. They look like they could be roosters, shouldn't I have known by now? I am new to chickens and this is my first flock and I am really enjoying them. I purchased all hens (supposedly) from Meyer hatchery. How can I tell if they are roosters? I obviously haven't heard anything yet, and it seems that these larger comb and waddles just appeared within the last two weeks.
     
  2. chickenfever

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    Can you post pictures?
     
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    Sure, these are all the pictures I have now
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    I am not sure how to make the pictures bigger
     
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  6. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pics are really too small to tell, but no obvious roosters in there. At 16 weeks the pullets do start developing combs and wattles so don't despair!
     
  7. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two B.A. girls and they just suddenly started to get bigger combs and waddles, Often this is a good sign they are getting close to laying age. You could consider it something like a growth spert. I think you would know by now if you had a roo. Can you get individual pics of them? That would help alot.
    Thats a cute mix you have, buff and black. They complement eachother:)
     
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    Thanks! I will try to get some more pics today
     
  9. chickenfever

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    I have 5 wk old blk australorp chicks. The hatchery marked my roo for me and from about 3 wks you could already tell the difference between him and the girls. Much larger comb and very red.
     
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    Cool thanks for the info, I am going to post more pics here in a minute just to be sure. These guys sure are my buddies!
     

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