I think one of my four is a rooster. Too early to tell?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SarahLadd, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. SarahLadd

    SarahLadd Chirping

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    Greetings everyone,

    I'm new to chickens, my husband is not but when he had chickens he never cared to handle them or love on them and give them names, and when it came to roosters it didn't matter because he lived in the backwoods of Maine so picking out a rooster was never a problem. However, we are now city dwellers and of course, roosters aren't allowed.I ordered four sexed female chicks from mypetchicken.com, and I'm afraid that my Australorp might be a rooster. It's the biggest by a large margin, has bigger feet, the biggest comb, and for some reason it's got the least feather development. Everybody else has tail feathers and a full set of wing feathers, the Australorp still has fluff for coverts. I only have one Australorp, but I do have two buff Orpingtons, and one silver laced Wyandotte. As of today, all my birds are 3 weeks and 2 days old. I have attached images of my birds. Thank you in advance!
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  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Crowing

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    Ah yes. Some breeds pop combs early (in females) such as Leghorns and Anconas, but I don't think Australorps are one of them.

    Sexing is only 90%... that and shipping losses is why I always order more than what I plan to keep :)
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

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    Not only the comb, but the lack of feathers compared to the others probably means a little rooster, oh and those thick legs too.
     
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  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    Welcome! Another week or two to be sure, but it looks like a cockerel to me also. Mary
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    X2....good eye, OP, to spot the difference with your first go round with chicks
     
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  6. RoostersAreAwesome

    RoostersAreAwesome Free Ranging

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    Looks like a little cockerel, but post again in a few weeks to be sure.
     
  7. I don't have experience with these breeds, but I wouldn't worry yet. As @SunHwaKwon mentioned, some breeds get combs earlier/mature faster than others. If he/she stays bigger than the others, then he might be a cockerel. Also as mentioned, sexing isn't guaranteed!
     
  8. airman711

    airman711 In the Brooder

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    What breed and gender is this chick? 7 weeks old IMG_1158.JPG
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

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    Bantam or large breed? Rooster I believe, perhaps a buff Brahma, though not positive.
     
  10. airman711

    airman711 In the Brooder

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    Large breed.
     

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