Why do my Australorps look so different?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Pequena Bandada, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Pequena Bandada

    Pequena Bandada Small Flock

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    Hi all - I have four 18 week old pullets (well, I *think* they're pullets). When I bought them at 12 weeks old, my two Australorps looked almost exactly alike. In the last six weeks, though, Cupcake has gotten stockier than Bourbon, and she has a large red comb and wattles. The comb and wattles developed between 15 - 17 weeks and got red between 16-18 weeks. Bourbon has absolutely no comb, no wattles, and just the tiniest pink tint to her cheeks. Her head looks exactly the same as it did at 12 weeks.

    Should I be concerned about either one? Cupcake looks like the pictures I see of mature Australorp hens, so I feel like she's developing normally. Bourbon, on the other hand, worries me a little. Is she just a late bloomer? Or am I delusional and Cupcake is really a roo?

    The first picture is Cupcake, the second is Bourbon.


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  2. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    Don't know on the chickens, but I just had to say that's a fantastic stink eye in the first photo!! [​IMG]

    My australorps aren't old enough to comment, but my 16 week old RIR pullets have wattles and comb similar to your first chicken and I have one that's behind as well. So it does happen. I'm not good at hackle/saddle feathers yet so someone else can comment there. [​IMG]
     
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  3. PetRock

    PetRock Crowing

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    Bourbon looks just like our 21 week old BA, Precious. I'm just assuming that we are going to have to wait a while longer for eggs from her.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Yes, I noticed the stink eye too!! I think Cupcake is angry that you brought up gender issues in public . lol
     
  5. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Cupcake is a Roo - Bourbon Female. [​IMG]
     
  6. JustDawn

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    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy :

    Cupcake is a Roo - Bourbon Female. [​IMG]

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  7. sunflowerenvy

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  8. Mtn Cur

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    cupcake should have saddle feathers if it is a rooster, going by the size.
     
  9. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    I don't see saddle feathers on Cupcake, either. Any chance of a side/tail view?
     
  10. justmeandtheflock

    justmeandtheflock Overrun with ducklings :)

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    I think cupcake is just developing sooner but a side shot would be helpful.
     

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