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11wk Buff Orpington sickle feathers?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by AliceSaurus, Jun 15, 2014.

  1. AliceSaurus

    AliceSaurus Out Of The Brooder

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    Question for buff orpington owners: This is my 11 week old "girl" going through her second juvenile molt and the tail feathers are making me think she may be a rooster. Her comb and wattles are a bit bigger and redder than the other's but not enough to be a giveaway. The hackles don't look pointy to me but I'm new at this. So do you all think "she" is just having a molt and will grow more tail feathers? Or are those very obviously sickle feathers? When she fanned out her tail earlier it looked more like a hen's does but I'm still confused. I will probably be guessing til I hear a crow or see an egg. Is it normal for roosters to make sort of regular sounds before trying to crow? Because I definitely heard and saw this one making noise the other day but it wasn't a crow at all. I haven't noticed any rooster behaviors, but that tail is crazy!
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  2. AmishThunder

    AmishThunder Out Of The Brooder

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    They make very strange noises when they are first learning to crow - squeaks and groans and gurgles and burps ect. Sometimes hens will crow if there is no rooster around. The tail feathers look like a rooster but I cant tell with the hackle feathers. Lift up the feathers on its back and look for shiny, pointy saddle feathers coming in. If it has those then I would say its a rooster.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    That bird look like a pullet to me.
     
  4. Basskids08

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    X2 pullet!
     
  5. AliceSaurus

    AliceSaurus Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I have always felt she is a pullet, too, until those long feathers showed up. I'm optimistic she'll feather out nicely and just be a big girl :)
     
  6. Kasey

    Kasey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks pretty pullety to me!
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Pullet for now, but I am not 100% sure.
     
  8. AliceSaurus

    AliceSaurus Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's the same bird at 21 weeks old... looking like a rooster but acting like a hen :/

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  9. tunes

    tunes New Egg

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    Just curious.....hen or roo? I've been obsessively reading these threads trying to find out if my "girls" are really girls or not. :)
     
  10. MariskaKilian

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    I'm also saying Hen on those first picks.
     

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