Hi! I've just started keeping chickens, and as such I've been lurking on the forums here for the last few weeks, but now I want some advice and I'm hoping someone can help me out. I've looked at a bunch of other threads for sexing Orpington chicks, but I figured a new one with pics of my little ones will help out a bit more here.
I have three 4-5 week old white Orpington chicks, I got them when they were all 2 weeks (approx) old. They've been so busy eating, pooping and growing in the last few weeks, it's been so much fun and such a learning experience to watch. Now that they're all at 5ish weeks, I'm wanting to figure out what I've got on my hands here. So, please help me sex my Orps!
1) This is the biggest one, with by far the most feathers. This one has always been bigger and more feathery, started getting proper wing and tail feathers first, now has a big fluffy soft chest full of feathers. Loves to scruffle around in the dirt a lot more than the others, and doesn't seem to start many fights, though is certainly quite cheeky and is seen sparring a bit.
2) This is middle sized one - Definitely the most aggressive, often seen starting flapping bouts and jumping at/on the other two. Hasn't gotten as feathered yet, and I'm wondering about that comb as it looks quite a bit bigger than either of the other two.
3) This is the little one. The runt. The woman I got them off said that this one may actually be about 5-7 days younger than the others, so it may be 4 weeks while the other two are 5 weeks. The least feathered and smallest of the bunch, she/he is only just starting to get some tail feathers fluffing through and patches of chest feathers. Up until a few days ago, there was only wing feathers.This one is much quieter, loves climbing onto laps and pecking at freckles. Doesn't really ever seem to start any fights, but certainly holds their own when another chicken is starting it.
I'm really enjoying keeping chickens and I'm so glad my partner and I made the decision to do it. Thanks in advance for any help!