Do I have a cockrel or two?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by flock4samuel, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. flock4samuel

    flock4samuel Hatching

    Jan 26, 2013
    San Ramon, CA


    We are fairly new to raising backyard poultry. We started last summer when a neighbor gave us a few "extra" bantams. We had a couple of incidents, lost one to disease, a couple flew out and got lost to the dogs, then we had a massive midday raccoon massacre which brought our flock down to 3. Out of the original flock, the ones left are a Blue Cochin, a Silver Laced Wyandotte and a Rhode Island Red. My son is in the poutry project with our local 4H club and wanted to increase the size of our flock, so we decided we would try to raise chicks. After doing some research on the types of breeds, their temperments and their egg laying capabilities, we went to our local feed store and picked up 6 chicks - 3 Black Australorps and 3 Buff Orpingtons. My son and I went to a poultry breeders show recently and saw full-grown birds of the chicks we had picked & we had not realized how HUGE these chickens will be! The chicks are now about 3 1/2 weeks old, and they've grown tremendously, and we're wondering if it's too early to determine if there are any cockerels in our mix. We have one or two of the Buff Orpingtons which seem to be a little more aggressive, but that could also be that they are trying out their wings. None of the birds are going after one another. Then we have the Australorps, 2 are considerably larger than the 3rd. We know the 3rd could be a "runt", or its possible the 2 larger ones are cockerels. At any rate, we've tried to take photos the best we can. Any help would be appreciated. Also, if it's just too doggone early to tell, at what age should we begin to notice a difference? Thanks so much!

  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Crowing

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    your birds will not get as big as the show birds you seen so don't worry there. Now its to early to sex them, but in a few weeks if you have any roosters you should notice a bigger redder comb/ wattles on them. While the pullets will have smaller pink comb. Good luck with your son's 4h
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    The Austrolorps are definitely too young to sex. Those two larger birds are not Buff Orpingtons, they're white Leghorns. Its hard to tell from the pics, but I'm pretty sure I see combs. If they're 3 1/2 weeks old, they're boys. My Leghorn hens had no comb whatsoever until right before they began to lay. They literally blossomed over night. Good luck with the 4-H project!!!
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    So far, all pullets, but it's really to early to tell. I agree, the show birds will be much larger than your hatchery birds, but your birds will still be five times larger than your bantams. I don't see that the light birds are leghorns, they look like buff chicks to me. Post again around 6 weeks.
  5. ChickenLover603

    ChickenLover603 In the Brooder

    Feb 8, 2013
    I agree with the others, they are a little too young to tell. Post again when they get a little older and we will help! [​IMG]

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