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How to tell an Australorp pullet from a BCM pullet?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cluckitall, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. cluckitall

    cluckitall Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! I supposedly have two clean-legged BCM pullets (8 weeks old). Problem is, I've also got two 8 week old Black Australorp pullets and I'll be darned if I can tell them apart! (Keep in mind, it's my first time raising either breed). They looked pretty much identical as chicks, too -- the ones that I think are BAs seemed to have a little more white on their faces.

    Is there any distinctive way to tell the two breeds apart as adolescents, if you're not overly familiar with body type?
     
  2. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    pics?
     
  3. Lots A Cluckin

    Lots A Cluckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we will need pics to tell you anything
     
  4. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe australorps should have black legs and BCM should have white legs. SHOULD but could not be the case if they are hatchery chicks. I'm not sure if BCMs have a dark wash on their legs as chicks or not.
     
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  5. cluckitall

    cluckitall Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and thanks -- I'll get pics tomorrow!
     
  6. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They can, actually. It is a pretty hard job sorting them out early if the BCMs are clean-legged.
     
  7. cluckitall

    cluckitall Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pele, thank you! That makes me feel better. I was feeling kinda like an idiot because I really couldn't tell the difference -- of course, that might actually be because there IS no difference and they're all australorps.

    I got distracted dealing with car issues, but will get pictures tomorrow!
     
  8. heath_elisha

    heath_elisha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BCM's should have slate or grey colored legs and copper expressing on their necks.
     

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