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post #11 of 16

Yes, they sound pretty pathetic at first.

 

Hens can crow, but if he's chest bumping and raising his hackles at your other rooster, along with the early crows, you can bet you have another boy.

 

Buffs are slow developing. My Welsummer cockerels started crowing several weeks before the Buffs uttered their first crows.

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post #12 of 16
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Thank you so much for the help everyone! I've got someone interested in my Brown Leghorn roo, and I didn't want to re-home him unless I really had to.

 

My daughter would be devastated to see our Buff go.

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He is crowing, but it's such a sad sounding crow. It's very underdeveloped compared to our Brown Leghorn. Could this be because he's a late developing roo? Or do some hens crow too?

Young hens (pullets) very, very rarely crow. In the rare event that a hen crows, she is generally a lot older. His crow will become much louder and more "rooster-like" as he grows. 

If it's under 1 year old and it's crowing, it's a boy. 

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post #14 of 16

Leghorns are an earlier maturing breed, and Orpingtons are slower to mature, that's basically the difference you're seeing. Your buff is a cockerel.

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post #16 of 16

Did you ever find out if it was a rooster or hen?  Our Buff orpington looks very similar, and we are trying to figure it out...

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