Hens or roosters

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Staceyglendoon, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. Staceyglendoon

    Staceyglendoon Hatching

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    Hi all :) Forgive my ignorance in posting this but we are first time chicken owners. We bought our 4 chicks at 3 weeks old. We were told that the chickens were all female and that they were australorps. Given the colour of their feathers i would say its quite clear we were dooped breed wise (according to my research they look a lot like lohmans? 20181121_182318.jpg 20181121_182318.jpg 20181121_182326.jpg 20181121_182340.jpg 20181121_182417.jpg 20181121_182318.jpg 20181121_182326.jpg 20181121_182340.jpg 20181121_182417.jpg ). My question is however do you think we have pullets or roosters on our hands? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. aquabum

    aquabum Chirping

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    Ummm, definitely not Austrolorps. Haha. But if they have a sex link gene in them, the red on the wing feathers on the one could mean a cockerel. But all the feathers look like Pullets to me.
     
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  3. LlamaGirl4

    LlamaGirl4 Songster

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    Definetly not Australorps but all pullets
     
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  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    :welcome The first bird is a pullet. I believe that the other 3 are cockerels. :oops:
     
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  5. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

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    Only the first one is a pullet.
     
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  6. Shamo Hybrid

    Shamo Hybrid Songster

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    I'm having trouble too distinguishing sex on my Oriental Gamefowl chicks.... they are about 2 months old now. I'm just going by their comb but at this stage in development they all pretty much look the same.
     
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  7. Crazy for Chickens!

    Crazy for Chickens! And Nuts For Horses!

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    Red Sex Links

    The first bird is the pullet, the others are cockerels.
     
  8. Staceyglendoon

    Staceyglendoon Hatching

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    Is it their feathers or comb development that makes you think they are cockerals? Thanks everyone :)
     
  9. Staceyglendoon

    Staceyglendoon Hatching

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    Thats the trouble I'm having too. Even the thickness of their legs looks to the same to me. Fingers crossed
     
  10. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

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    Both. Pullets only develop that much comb color at 20+ weeks of age. Anything with large red combs at their age is male. Aside from that there is the red leaking through on the shoulders of 2 - that's a male only trait.

    Aside from that they are red sex links, and are created specifically because the chicks can be sexed at hatch by down color. Pullet chicks are reddish, and mature into hens that are mostly red with some white. Cockerel chicks are white and mature into white roosters with varying degrees of red leakage in the wings. I wouldn't be going back to that seller again.

    There's no doubt in the sexes of your birds. Unfortunately you're going to have to do something with all those males, and probably sooner rather than later.
     
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