Young Australorp Chicks -- Roosters or Hens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by FlockHappy, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. FlockHappy

    FlockHappy Out Of The Brooder

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    I got twelve young Australorps. Today I moved them out into the coop...(they were getting too big for the cage). As soon as I moved them out, some of them started cock fighting. (Kind of shocking for such young birds). I'm not sure which ones are roosters. Australorps are all solid black, and both the roosters and the hens have pretty big combs and wattles. I was wondering if anyone has experience with telling young australorp pullet and cockerels apart.
    Here's some pics I just took today:
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    See how big all their combs already are....[​IMG]
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    I'm pretty sure this fellow below is a rooster. Several of them look like that.
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    This is one of the ones with a smaller comb:
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    A few last pictures:
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  2. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see a LOT of roosters. How old? My aussie girls didn't get pink combs until about 8 weeks and they didn't really grow until about 16 weeks.

    I'd say every one of your chicks with descended wattles is a roo. I hope you have some hens.
     
  3. FlockHappy

    FlockHappy Out Of The Brooder

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    They are only about five weeks. YIKES! [​IMG] I don't know what to do. The lady I got them had ordered tons of chicks from a hatchery.....I think it was a hatchery. I hope she hadn't ordered all roosters. Every single one of them...and I have twelve....have descended combs, some more larger than others. This is terrible.
     
  4. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She probably ordered straight run, which is unsexed chicks. There are hens in the group too, but there are quite a few roosters. The birds with larger combs/wattles, are larger, and have slower growing feathers are males. The ones with the smaller combs, smaller bodes (particularly noticeable in the legs), with nice smoothly grown feathers are females.
     
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I see three possible pullets in the first picture, but the rest look like roos.. Except the one in the 4th picture. That one looks to be a pullet.
     
  6. lorabethwiggins

    lorabethwiggins New Egg

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    A lot of them look like roosters but a few look like hens. Bad luck I guess to get so many roosters but I may be wrong. It's happened once to me.
     
  7. We4newbies

    We4newbies Out Of The Brooder

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    I, too, only had access to a straight-run for Aussies, so I may be feeling your pain, here in a few weeks, FlockHappy! I do hope your situation turned out better than the pictures seemed to indicate! By the way, Gritsar posted some great tips for distinguishing between the cockerels and pullets in the thread, "Pullets or Cockerels? How to Tell". I highly recommend checking it out! Either way, Enjoy your chickies!
     
  8. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, you have yourself a lot of cockerels my friend. Hopefully you have at least one little lady in there!
     

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