Breed confusion! Help please...


10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
I think the pet store did a dodgy- I was expecting 3 wyandotte bantams hens, but seems to me one is a male and only one is a wyandotte bantam.
Breed and sex of my chicks???

This is the one I'm most worried about. It got a comb at only 3 weeks old, and is much bigger than the others.

Medium concerned

Not worried at all (i hope)
Black one is girl but not Wyandotte.Second one look more rooish with this pink rose comb.Third one is girl and can be Partrige Wyandotte-show us comb picture.
i wouldn't panic about the black australorp yet... australorps grow quickly... much more quickly than my easter eggers, sebrights, RIRs, cochins, or any other breed has...

the comb development could just be quick growth. when it starts turning bigger and red, then possibly worry a bit more.
my wyandottes look completely different, i dont know on that second pic. looks more like light brahma coloring...
I bought "wyandottes" from my feed store too, but they turned out to be black sexlinks. One of them had a black comb too, but it changed to red as the pullet matured. Your black chick doesn't have any brown on its chest, does it?

The first one looks like either an australorp, black jersey giant, or black sexlink pullet.

If it has any brown coloring at all in its feathers, then it's probably a black sexlink (black star).

If not, then probably a black australorp or jersey giant. Our black australorps had white feathers on their wings when they were little - did yours? Check the bottoms of its feet - are they pink or yellow?

According to feathersite:
"Australorps differ from Black Jersey Giants in that the legs of the Jersey Giant are black (some tending toward willow) and the underparts of the feet are yellow. In Lorps, the legs are black, shading to dark slate in adults, but the underparts of the feet are pinkish white. This works with good show stock, but hatchery stock is more variable and you can't ever be sure unless the birds grow to the size of Giants."

#2 may be a cockerel - its comb is pink and shouldn't be pink at 5-6 weeks of age. What color is the comb on #3?

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom