I really hope I didn't end up with all roosters!!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by moscoops, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. moscoops

    moscoops Out Of The Brooder

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    So my husband and I got 8 stright-run, Black Australorp chicks and I'm worried that I have 7 roosters on my hands. They were hatched the same day so I assume that they are growing at about the same rate, but I'm not sure. 7 of my chicks are showing a slight comb but from what I've read, the hens have a small comb too so I'm not sure. Two of my chicks are growing much more prominent combs AND wattles, so I'm pretty sure I have at least 2 roosters. And one of my chicks doesn't look like it's got any comb at all. Does this mean she's a she or just developing a little slower than the rest?

    Here is a photo of one of the chicks with comb and wattle:
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    And here is one that has a small comb and no wattle:
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    And here is the one chick that has nothing:

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    Did I end up buying 7 roosters and only 1 hen?!
     
  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    Ooops, sorry but the first one is most likely a Cocerkel :( Second one, not sure yet & possibly the third is a Pullet. They look to be around 4wks? I know that dreaded feeling...
     
  3. Mrslexa09

    Mrslexa09 Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks like the first one is a Cockrel. I know you're feeling. We even got our first set from someone who said she had checked the genders, and 3 of the for might be males [​IMG]
     
  4. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    The first is a cockerel. The other 2 look like pullets.
     
  5. moscoops

    moscoops Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I don't mind one cockerel, but I don't want 7! [​IMG]
     
  6. moscoops

    moscoops Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, is it the comb/wattle size I'm supposed to be looking at or the shape or something? I'm just not seeing much of a difference!
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    X 2 - though there is still time for the middle bird to switch teams given how young they are.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. moscoops

    moscoops Out Of The Brooder

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    They are 4 weeks old today, although someone already said!
     
  10. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    A lot of folks rely on "old wives tales" with regards to sexing birds - or use techniques that are inappropriate for the type of bird being sexed (ie using feather sexing on a chick for whom there is no genetic link to development of wing feathering due to the misconception that it can be used on all chicks).
     
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