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post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by csgibbs View Post

Updated photos. They are about 8 weeks now and I have a feeling they are all cockerels.

 

I believe by 8 weeks, I could see big differences in their combs, but I had 10 (3 of which were boys).  The girls combs stayed almost flat for much longer than the boys.  Look for pointy hackle feathers too.


Edited by WVduckchick - 10/12/15 at 10:47am
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post #12 of 19

I enlarged your photos,  but the darker(background) ones  make it difficult for me to see any gender features.   I would think being a hot color like lavender and orps, that males would not be difficult to sell.

 

I think one cockerel and two that want to be pullets.   A couple more weeks and I think it will be easier to tell

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post #13 of 19
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Thank you. Do pullets ever display rooster-type fighting behavior? Two of them posture like they are challenging each other, but the third seems to want nothing to do with that. Other than comb size on the one, I can't see a difference visually.
post #14 of 19

the 2 with the lighter pink combs look like pullets to me, the one in the middle with the redder and larger comb looks like a cockerel to me

post #15 of 19


I would almost bet money you have the perfect trio there: 1 roo and 2 pullets. None of them have a very red comb either yet. Definitely I can't see very large, or RED comb and wattles. Way too pink for roos. Also, there might be some pointy saddle feathers and tail feathers on the one...But from what I can see they have still got very round saddle feathers. And yes, a female will posture up to a male. They are just so tricky, cuz Orpingtons are such a heavy, large type...Some big mommas there can look like roos. I have the exact same thing going on, but my birds are just a couple weeks ahead of yours. I'm still waiting...Have one that displays both roo and hen characteristics and it's driving me crazy. LOL.

post #16 of 19
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Do pullets ever display rooster-type fighting behavior? 

I have a few that do, and they are definitely girls. They get into squabbles and stick their neck up and puff their feathers out challenging each other, doesn't even last long enough for me to grab my camera and record it though (I've tried).

post #17 of 19
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I have a few that do, and they are definitely girls. They get into squabbles and stick their neck up and puff their feathers out challenging each other, doesn't even last long enough for me to grab my camera and record it though (I've tried).


Mine do that too.  I have a couple real biotches...  :lol:

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post #18 of 19
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I have a few that do, and they are definitely girls. They get into squabbles and stick their neck up and puff their feathers out challenging each other, doesn't even last long enough for me to grab my camera and record it though (I've tried).


Mine do that too.  I have a couple real biotches...  :lol:

 

Tell me about it! It's 2 of the littles, and sometimes a 3rd little will join in. They are polar opposites of my bigs who are normally really chill. I don't have a clue where I "might have" went wrong. I did everything the same with them, but they have always seemed "wilder" and more skittish than the bigs. The only difference between bigs and littles was there was a MEAN little RIR cockerel in with them until 6wks when I realized he was a he and a RIR, then he had to go (to the store, didn't kill him).

post #19 of 19
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I would almost bet money you have the perfect trio there: 1 roo and 2 pullets. None of them have a very red comb either yet. Definitely I can't see very large, or RED comb and wattles. Way too pink for roos. Also, there might be some pointy saddle feathers and tail feathers on the one...But from what I can see they have still got very round saddle feathers. And yes, a female will posture up to a male. They are just so tricky, cuz Orpingtons are such a heavy, large type...Some big mommas there can look like roos. I have the exact same thing going on, but my birds are just a couple weeks ahead of yours. I'm still waiting...Have one that displays both roo and hen characteristics and it's driving me crazy. LOL.


I really hope so.  The mystery is over on the one that I was pretty sure was a cockerel.  He welcomed the morning today with his first few crows.

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