black australorp growth rate

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ginger67, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. ginger67

    ginger67 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a buff orp, 2 RIR, 2Barred Rocks, 2 Golden laced wyandotts, and 2 black australorps. They are all about the same age within 1-2wks. I got them middle july they were 9-11 weeks then. They are all growing in size except australorps. One especially is quiet small. The other one is mixed with cochin and is a little bigger but the others are eating her feathers on her back by tail. Do australorps grow slower? They appear as healthy as the others and eat everything they are given. this is my first go around with chickens so I don't know much yet. still learning and asking lots of questions.
     
  2. florida lee

    florida lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Blk Australorp, wyndottes, brahama,RIR,EE.....they are all 22 wks old and all equal in size, except the RIR ,she is just a tad smaller but much louder and more aggressive..
     
  3. sirhc76

    sirhc76 Out Of The Brooder

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    my australorp is 3 weeks younger than my wyandottes and larger both in weight and size. My golden laced are nice and plump compared to the others.

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  4. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine were kind of stalled for awhile too. I pulled back on the treats and they picked up in growth.

    Yours and mine are about the same age now. I got mine as day olds for mothers day.

    The paver stones next to my BA are 12x12 and about 2 inches thick. I hope it helps.

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    Sometimes when folks sell chickens they figure the ages wrong so ..... Could they be younger?
     
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  5. BarbG

    BarbG Out Of The Brooder

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    I have seven Australorps all hatched on March 23 and they all seem like they're at different stages. The three biggest ones just started laying this week, the next three largest look like they might lay within a week or two, and the one who's noticeably the smallest (Inky - the only one with a name) still has peach-colored comb and no real wattles. They all have good appetites and all of them seem very healthy.
     
  6. ginger67

    ginger67 Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you that helps. worried that maybe they sold me a bantam instead and being a newbie don't guess i would have known. They were all the same size when I got them.
     
  7. AngelaB

    AngelaB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 australorps that are the same age. One is bigger and her comb and waddles are much more red than my other. I guess they just developed differently?
     
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  8. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    I've got a wellie, a dom, a br, an ee, and a ba, all 9 weeks old yesterday. The ba and the dom are definitely the smallest of the flock, both in size and weight, not ridiculously so but noticeably. They all eat, drink, and do their thing normally, though so I'm sure it's just an "individual" thing and not any kind of real issue. I've also heard that heavier breeds tend to grow and mature more slowly.
     
  9. meowteri2

    meowteri2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have 2 black australorps. I was worried one was a rooster because of the size of comb and wattle. They are both laying now and the other does not have much of a comb or wattle.
     

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