help with 4 week old australorps. Girls I hope!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by hovergirl, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. hovergirl

    hovergirl New Egg

    Apr 23, 2009
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Roosters or pullets? We've had these australorps for 4 weeks. Chicken #1 is lagging behind all the other chicks as far as feathers, and has only a tiny tail. I started to worry she was a rooster...but then, chicken #2 started getting so big and loud, and legs are really thick. Now I don't know what to think. Is it too soon to tell?

    chicken 1 - I tried to show the comb

    chicken 1 - why don't I have a tail? and my back is still kind of downy

    Chicken 2 - I am huge

    side by side

    thanks for the help - Hovergirl
    2 australorps 2 RIR 1 barred rock 1 EE 3 dogs and 2 cats and 2 kids!
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I can't tell yet. One is looking a little rooish from the 'stance'. one in front, pic #4
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    I agree, it's kind of early to tell but if I had to guess, I would say chick #1 might be a roo.
  4. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    I'd say its too early to be difinate about sexing them yet.

    Do any of them act "roo-ish"?
  5. mom2chicksandpups

    mom2chicksandpups Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Southeast Alabama
    By 4-5 weeks, it was easy to pick our roo out from our Australorp girls. His comb was a lot bigger than theirs and he had started getting wattles already. Plus his was turning red. In the pix, yours all look like our girls did at that age. I do see what the others are referring to in pic 4, but I still think she might be a girlie. Do any of their combs look reddish? Do you see any wattles yet? Ours are 6 weeks old now and it's so obvious that anyone could pick out the roo. You will know soon!!
  6. mom2chicksandpups

    mom2chicksandpups Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Southeast Alabama
    Oops! Just noticed the shorter tail on the front chick in the 4th picture. It looks like our roo's tail. All 8 of our girls (all Australorps) have the longer tail like the chick in the back. The one in the front has a shorter tail like our roo.

    Apologies to those who have seen this picture before. These were taken at 5 weeks. The roo is on the front right side with the red comb. See how short his little tail is compared to the others.
  7. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    I have the same situation. I ordered 2 female aussies and one is fully feathered and the other looks so pitiful compared. I thought I might have a roo too. I will just have to wait and see. This pass week the slower growing one has really come along in growth, so they might both be pullets. We hate the waiting game dont we:/
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2009
  8. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    non of my girls have combs that big. but thats probably just my bunch. They'd probably have pink combs and waddles by now.
  9. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    I will *guess* that you have one of each. Will you be able to keep a boy?

    ETA -- last year my BA pullet grew much faster than my SLW cockerel did. She towered over him when they were little, even though they were the same age. Now that they're grown he is quite a bit bigger than she is.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2009

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