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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:01 pm 
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Having not planned to have very young chicks, I hadn't researched their initial colouring; I wasn't sure if the one here with the grey on it, rather than yellow, is usual. Any advice about the yellow versus grey/blue much appreciated (I'm not fussed if they are/aren't Australorps; so no harm done if they're not).

Gender guesses?
Chick 1 (with grey/blue)
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Chick 2 (with yellow)
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:44 am 
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They look like my Australorp chicks have. I have had some that have no yellow on them at all, totally black. I dont know any tricks to tell sex at this stage so your guess is as good as mine :D

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:10 am 
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to me it look like a pair (top cockerel) but i could be wrong.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:12 am 
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Im with youri - top is a cockerel and the bottom is a pullet.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:16 am 
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Grey blue money on a cockerel.
Yellow money on a pullet.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:44 pm 
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Perusing old threads tonight, and can confirm that top chick (with the grey) was a cockerel & bottom chick (with the yellow) a pullet.

The pullet, named 'Tuesday' went to a new home, and the cockerel was one of our first home-grown chook dinner. Very tasty he was, too.

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Thanks for update! :thumbs:

INDEX noted.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:30 pm 
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Thanks for the update Winglet.
My week old Australorp cross chicks look just likes these ones. At this age the combs, etc all look the same to me. What features do you look for to determine whether the chick is male or female?

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:52 pm 
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The top one has more of a comb and less wattles. The other way to tell as young chicks is that females tend to feather up earlier - so little tails and wings grow a few day earlier. You need a few chicks to be able to use this method and obviously both sexes.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:48 pm 
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Thanks Pepe. I have 11 chicks. None have tails but some have more feathers on their wings.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:24 pm 
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konopiste wrote:
Thanks Pepe. I have 11 chicks. None have tails but some have more feathers on their wings.


A couple of things to help / think about

1. As you have crosses, sexing them won't be as simple as following the general rules for sexing Australorps, but may give you a good idea anyway.

2. The cockerels will have primary feathers only grown out when the pullets have both primaries & secondaries grown out already. Primaries are the long wing feathers that reach the wingtips & secondaries are the next set along, which are a bit shorter.

3. With their wing feathers, watch for chicks that grow their primaries out first. Those same ones will probably be pullets, and will also grow tail feathers first.

4. With the Australorp chicks above, they were a little older before the wing & tail feather differences became apparent... about a week old.

5. Differences in the two chicks above, from the photos here, are that the cockerel has a slightly wider (not by much) & slightly longer (a little more noticeable) comb than the pullet. The legs of the cockerel are marginally 'fatter' than the pullet's legs, too (again, not by much). That's how a couple of people here have been able to accurately guess their gender... as they've had lots of experience either with this breed, or with the slight differences in other breeds.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:49 am 
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:thanks: Winglet for this very comprehensive info.

I checked my email late last night and read your post.

I wanted to get up and check the chicks straight away but common sense kicked in!!

I've taken photos of my 11 babies this morning and I'll see how it all goes.

It was really easy to see the difference in wing feathers with some of them.


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