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Male or Female, Australorp or Sexlink

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by RubberChickenLubber, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I probably sound like the dumbest chicken owner in the world, but I have no clue.

    I bought some chicks back at the beginning of November and was told this was a sexlink pullet. I noticed it looked identical to my australorps, but had heard that sexlinks can. Today I went out to feed them, and this one was mating my pullets. I am totally and utterly confused. It is missing some of the middle tail feathers (maybe to desguise itself [​IMG] ).

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  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like an australorp cockerel
     
  3. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I'm leaning toward. I'll have to contact the person I bought them from and find out if it's possible that it's an australorp.
     
  4. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Australorps and Sex Links. Both have huge, stand-up, gorgeous red combs and wattles. They're all hens, and Ethel, my sex link is alpha hen in the flock. I've always heard that rule of thumb for these breeds is brown/red on chest and in eyes is a sex link. No brown or red on chest and black eyes is an australorp.

    If your's (I agree it's an australorp) is a hen, I'm not sure what to think of the mating issue, except perhaps she's the alpha in your flock?? Please keep us posted. I'm curious as to how it turns out for you.

    Here's a not so great shot of Ethel, the sex link.

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  5. zippychickens

    zippychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is a sexlink a breed of chicken?
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    A sexlink is a hybrid of two breeds where you can tell male from female at hatch by color.
     
  7. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sanford N.C.
    One of my Black Sex Links is my avatar
     
  8. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I dunno. Looks like one of my sexlink pullets. They all have fairly large combs but trust me they are all females. I've seen them all lay eggs. I've also seen one or two of them grab my RIR's but the neck and jump on their backs like they were going to mate with them. No roo here. Maybe they are, ah, frustrated [​IMG]
     
  9. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Conway SC
    All of my black and gold sexlinks have a fairly high comb nad longer than usual wattles.
     

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