Black Australorps. 5 weeks, do we have a Roo or Runt?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by hawcreek chicks, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. hawcreek chicks

    hawcreek chicks Just Hatched

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    Chicken newbies here. We have our first small flock. 2 EE and 2 BA. One of the Australorp's is at least 2x the size of the other, fully feathered while the other is still fuzzy. Do we have a Roo or a Runt?

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    Big Fat Mama is on the left, buttercup is next to her. Born from same litter.
    Same on next 3 pics. the two on right are EE. All the 'crowns' are pale, not red





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    This is big fat mama
     
  2. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Both of the Australorps look like cockerels to me. A lot of comb for so young.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    It hard to see the little one. It could be stunted. I don't think the bigger one is a rooster. Watch for pink combs at that age, any pullets won't get pink until they are a bit older, they will stay a yellow orange.
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  6. whatdaflockfarm

    whatdaflockfarm Just Hatched

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    I raise and breed both of these breeds and I'd say you've got all pullets. Black Australorp cockerels have dark pink to light red combs and wattles by 5 weeks of age. The pullet's combs and wattles will remain skin-tone to pale pink until maturity at 4 months.
     

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