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Black Australorp.... pullets or cockerel??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ruralchicken78, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. ruralchicken78

    ruralchicken78 Just Hatched

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    These ladies?? are about 11 weeks old. My daughter's 2nd grade class hatched them so they were just straight run. I still think they are hens and I swear I stare at them for hours everyday trying to figure out what they are. Every once in awhile, one will make a sound that almost sounds like an attempt at a crow. I've caught the smaller one doing it. But I still believe they are pullets. We can't have roosters here in town so I'm just hoping we don't have to rehome them and order new pullets. I'm not seeing curling tail feathers or pointy saddle and neck feathers but it could be too early also.
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  2. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look like hens to me. Keep an eye out for long pretty feathers around the neck and back area(Called hackle and saddle feathers on roosters). And also look for big thicker feet and legs.

    -BCP
     
  3. Peeps15

    Peeps15 New Egg

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    I'm having the same dilemma with this one. About 10 weeks old. [​IMG]
     
  4. Peeps15

    Peeps15 New Egg

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    Here's another one! I can't seem to figure how to add more than one pic. I'm hoping a hen?!
     
  5. stacibful

    stacibful Out Of The Brooder

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    The one with the larger comb could he a cockerel. The other looks like a pullet
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    All the birds pictured on this thread are cockerels.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    YES
     
  8. Peeps15

    Peeps15 New Egg

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    So this is a cockerel?! The chicken is a bully and so is the other Black australorp, Neither crows but they intimidate my Easter Egger Rooster and go face to face with each other with heads down and neck feathers all out.
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  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Both are very well developed cockerels. Very clearly visible male saddle feathers and very red combs.
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    The three black birds in this picture are Australorp pullets, age 12 weeks. Just look at the difference in the combs and the back feathers.
     
  10. Rhodebar Lover

    Rhodebar Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, all birds in question are cockerels. [​IMG]
     

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