Please help a newbie - no idea of breed or sex

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by DunedinChicks, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. DunedinChicks

    DunedinChicks New Egg

    5
    0
    7
    Mar 18, 2012
    Dunedin, New Zealand
    Hi folks.

    We got 2 Australorp (or we think they are Australorp) hens and a little cream hen with caramel flecks about a year ago. Little cream hen sadly passed away in January and our biggest Australorp girl then got broody. We got a dozen fertile eggs from a friend of a friend and our broody girl hatched out 6 of these. The chicks are coming up to 5 weeks old and I've been trying to figure out a) possible breed(s) and b) possible sex(es). I'm leaning towards the solitary little black one being a cockerel as it is the most outgoing and has the greatest comb/wattle development though this might be down to it being the first to hatch. Any help/advice would be most appreciated.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. cochin_kookoo

    cochin_kookoo Out Of The Brooder

    55
    1
    41
    Dec 22, 2011
    Ureka, CO
    I am not sure about breeds...the first one looks like a black breasted red something but they all look an awful lot like cockerels. I am seeing a lot of awfully red combs.[​IMG]
     
  3. DunedinChicks

    DunedinChicks New Egg

    5
    0
    7
    Mar 18, 2012
    Dunedin, New Zealand
    Three have quite prominent combs - little black one and two speckled/spotty ones. The little black one is very red, the other 2 less so to varying degrees. When do spurs start to form anyway? (I stupidly thought they'd have rudimentary ones straight out the egg!!!)
     
  4. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

    9,119
    302
    298
    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    the 2nd and 3rd pics are roos the first 3 chicks in the last photo are roos. roos dont get spurs til close to a year old, some hens can also get them too.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    39,655
    1,177
    516
    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    x2
     
  6. DunedinChicks

    DunedinChicks New Egg

    5
    0
    7
    Mar 18, 2012
    Dunedin, New Zealand
    Just posting some updated photos.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  7. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,198
    29
    171
    Aug 25, 2011
    Milwaukie, Oregon
    All of those look like cockerel mutts to me!
     
  8. DunedinChicks

    DunedinChicks New Egg

    5
    0
    7
    Mar 18, 2012
    Dunedin, New Zealand
    Yes, so they said earlier. However, last small photo of 3 on the step has surrogate mum in it (top left - in the middle of moulting). The only hen I am "sure" of is the little white one in the background in the cat picture. They're about 10 weeks old now, possibly a bit older.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by