How to tell the difference between Black Giants and Australorps......

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cjeanean, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    If you have a black chicken and can't tell what breed it is (like me) here's what the state poultry vet told me. I guess this only works for telling the difference between Black Jersey Giants and Black Australorps, but here goes:

    Catch the chicken.

    Wash the mud, poop, and other random stuff of the BOTTOM of a foot.

    If the BOTTOM (as in the part that's always touching the ground) is:

    White = Black Australorp

    Yellow = Jersey Giant

    Hope this helps identify some of those chickens out there! I didn't know what mine were till I called him and he wanted to know what breeds I had. I have Australorps, BTW....LOL!!
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    And wouldn't the Jersy Giant be just a little bit bigger????[​IMG]
  3. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    If you don't have one of each then it's hard to compare size.
  4. jossanne

    jossanne Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    This is true for well-bred australorps and giants, but not so much for hatchery stock. With them, you just have to wait and see if it grows to giant size.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Giants have yellow soles and Australorps have white.
  6. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

    Jun 8, 2008
    muscadine, al.
    [​IMG] O.K. now I gotta go back outside and check my JG's feet. Thanks alot. lol:D
  7. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    By chance do these breeds have different eye color? My black giants have dark brown eyes but my black araucanas have more of a light brown/golden eye.
  8. jossanne

    jossanne Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    This is what feathersite says about foot color determining australorps and giants...

    "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."
  9. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    I don't have both breeds to compare, but I would love to know just how "giant" a JG is. I am supposed to have Australorps, but I have been wondering for a little while now, if they aren't JGs even though they don't have yellow feet bottoms. How tall are JGs usually? How big are they compared to an RIR or BR?

    I know you are supposed to be able to tell from weight, but I don't have a scale to use.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2008
  10. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    This is a fairly old get the gist...


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