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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:44 am 
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Hi everyone, I got some fertile eggs for my broody BA a while ago. I got 8 Australorpes (Splash rooster with Black hens) and 4 Lavender Araucanas. Of those 5 hatched and survived. Okay for first time broody.
Anyway, one of the chicks does not look like a Australorp or Araucana. Does anyone know what this is? And sex?
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This is the Araucana (I think). Any guess for sex?
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The other crew are here. Any guess on their sex?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:53 am 
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Guesses here...

Could be a Rhode Island Red though the colour is very brown rather than red.

Sex of that one & the Araucana... no idea... how old are they? If the same age as the Australorps then what I'm labelling a RIR might be a pullet.

Araucana are notoriously difficult to sex, I believe, until they're older.

Of the other three... I'd say the blue & the rear black Australorp are cockerels & that the front black Australorp may be a pullet but I'd still be leaning towards cockerel on that one at present, too.

The splash chick.. no clue as can't see any of the head.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:01 am 
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Thanks for that. They are all 6 weeks old.
The blue and the black at the front are bigger than the chick at the rear. I would guess they would be cockerels as they are slightly larger....
I have a 10 month RIR that's only just started laying. Though she has only laid one small egg and stopped for the last 2 days. I thought this chick might be a RIR but really not sure as it's not red like you say.
Hoping the acrauana is a pullet. She was the only one that survived from the hatch.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:10 am 
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The RIR (let's call her that until someone comes along & says otherwise) may well turn out darker as she moults & regrows new feathers... and the range of colour varies a bit. I haven't had chicks around here for so long that I'm wondering if that RIR's legs are looking very thick & cockerel like. Hope I'm wrong !

I take it that the chick I said before (the 'splash') where there isn't a head shot, is actually that pretty Araucana? Hoping she's a pullet for you... looks very dainty.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:35 am 
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Winglet,
From what I am seeing in the photo's, you have Guessed all correct. As you say it is only an educated guess at the moment.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 12:45 pm 
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Yes, the splashing looking one is the Araucana. She (well, I hoping) has a little tuft on top of her head now. She is really cute.

Oh I should say these photos were taken when they were 4.5 weeks old.

I will see if I can get another pic of her to post up.

Thanks for your input.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 7:05 pm 
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Agree with Winglet on the 1st one, Rhode Island Red. The color does look at little brown rather than red but it may change. 99% sure Female.

Know nothing about Araucana's so wont comment.

Need to see a better photo of the Austrlorps but would lean towards Male.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:02 am 
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Splash over black in Australorp should have given ALL blue ??( The blue is a male and the 2 blacks look to be pullets )
Should definately not given you RED . I think more likely New Hampshire male '
The Araucana looks to be a pullet .


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:10 am 
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Yes, I thought they were supposed to be all blue as well. No idea how I got the brown/red one. Was a surprise that's for sure.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:43 am 
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Not sure that the Ara is a pure, should have a pea comb, not a blade, though this does pop up sometimes because of other breeds used to develop the Aussie birds. If you use her for breeding try to breed it out. They are nice natured birds if they get plenty of handling and they lay well.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:23 am 
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Hi, thanks everyone for their input. I took some more photos this morning. The chicks hatched on the 20 & 21 of Sept.

Here is the brown one - RIR or New Hampshire. Any further clues?
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This is the blue. Definitely a rooster I think. He is bigger than the other Australorps.
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Here is one of the BA's. I think this one may be a pullet? Thoughts?
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This is the other BA. I think this may be a rooster. Sorry - not a great picture.
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Here is the Lavender Araucana. Not sure on this one but hoping for pullet.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:24 am 
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And another pic of the Araucana
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 3:06 pm 
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I think you are right with your guesses Tangles. Wont comment on the Araucana dont know enough about them.

The brown one, you might have to wait until she grows up to possibly determine her breed. She is still a little brown for a RIR but wouldnt rule this out..

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:20 pm 
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Araucana are notoriously difficult. There is a point at about the 6-7 week mark where the boy's combs and face go very red for about a week, but blink and you miss it, and you're back to everyone looking the same.

Cockerels do start getting rather messy at the base of the tail about 10-12 weeks, as the saddle feathers start to come in, and they can look positively squirrel-tailed for a bit. Pullets, in comparison, start smoothing out and developing a more fan-like tail, along with the flat back as compared to a more upright stance for boys.

On balance ... I really couldn't say. The pic with the red in the background looks female, the pic on its own looks male - which is about normal for an Ara, annoyingly.

Keep an eye on those black eyes. Aras should develop an orange eye as they mature. They should also ideally have a noticeable crest, muffs (on the side), and even a bit of a beard under the beak. Trying to remember the correct leg colour - will have to look it up.

Keep posting photos :)


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:58 pm 
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Hi everyone,
thanks again for your help.
Updated pictures of the Ara. I really have no idea so any help would be appreciated.
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