17 week old Buff Orpington, help with sexing please

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by corriewobbles, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. corriewobbles

    corriewobbles New Egg

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    Hi! I'm new to the forum. At the risk of sounded really dumb (or clueless lol) I literally have no idea if this is a roo or hen. I thought roo for a long time, but now i'm wondering if he/she should be more 'rooish' by now? My broody hen hatched them for me so i know the age is right. The plymouth rock that was from the same batch of eggs is definately a roo. The black orpington i'm pretty sure is a hen, but the buff??? Heres some pics...

    About a month old i think

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    All help gratefully received

    Trina x
     
  2. harewizard

    harewizard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful Birds! [​IMG] Love the pic of them in on the setee!! [​IMG]

    I believe your B.O is a Roo. At 17 weeks my BO barely had anything.

    Lisa
     
  3. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    I'm guessing a roo too, he doesnt have the long tail or hackle feathers but he's still young...
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Hmmmm, tough one. By 17 weeks you'd expect to see saddle feathers. The hackle feathers look to be pointy. I'm leaning towards roo.
     
  5. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

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    I'm going to go with a little girl. I don't see any sign of pointy feathers back there but as mentioned before, he's still young. My BO roo is HUGE. My official guess is pullet.
     
  6. PhlyinPheBee

    PhlyinPheBee Poodles, Chicken, Goats--OH MY!!

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  7. aghiowa

    aghiowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guess is roo, because this is what my 17 week old BO pullet looked like:

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    Much less in the way of comb and tail...

    Of course, my experience with chickens is far from vast. [​IMG]

    Welcome!
    Angela
     
  8. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a roo to me.
     
  9. corriewobbles

    corriewobbles New Egg

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    Thanks for all the replies and welcomes! I had a feeling the majority would say roo. I suppose i just have to wait til he cock a doodle doos to be sure. Really hoping 'he' is just a masculine hen. Ah well, as long as theres no fighting between him and my plymouth rock they will both stay with me (they'd better behave themselves, i don't want to have to choose which one to keep [​IMG])

    Thanks again

    Trina x
     
  10. Firearia

    Firearia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mind posting a real close view of his wing feathers? I think I see sheen but I can't tell.
     

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