Pink Wattles 4 weeks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jmtcmkb, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. jmtcmkb

    jmtcmkb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2011
    New Hampshire
    I know it would be best to post a pic, I will try later when someone here can show me how...

    I have a Black Autralorp who will be 4 weeks on Monday, this morning I noticed she/he already is staring to develop pink wattles. Does this mean I can pretty much count on a roo? I only have 1 Australorp, so I cant compare- I have 4 other chicks, and no one else has anything pink in the face. This Australorp ( poachy) always stands tall and seems larger than everyone else, but then again I dont have any other Autralorps to compare her/him to. Leg size seems comparable to my orpington.

    I do have someone who can take Poachy if he/she turns out to be a rooster, so I'm not worried about that.
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    You are prooooably right, but 4 weeks is kinda young either way.

    Good luck!
  3. marlene

    marlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2011
    I had a chick and like yours by 4 weeks it had fairly big and red wattles and comb, this chick is now 8 weeks and i'm almost 100% it's a roo. It's wattles and comb are even bigger and very red, plus a lot of red on it's face aswel now.
  4. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    In general, yes, that would indicate boy. There are exceptions so until it's certain, I wouldn't make any firm plans (although it's definitely smart to know what you could do if your suspicions are correct).

    I have an exception. She's a speckled Sussex and grew little wattles at 4-5 weeks and had a bit of pink in her comb. They stayed small, though, and didn't darken further until she was 18 weeks. Now that I think about it, she was also slow to get her tail. At 25 weeks, she's checking out the nest boxes and has no signs of any pointy feathers emerging in her saddle or hackle area. I'm thinking it will be eggs soon!

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