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5 week old Buff Orpington hen or roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by starchicky, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. starchicky

    starchicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was posting asking about my 5 week old buff orp and if it might be a roo? After reading some older threads it is apparent they are very hard to sex, and some that were "for sure" roos turned out to be hens in the thread. Do Buff Orpingtons vary in their comb size and color? What other signs do you look for to tell sex? Here are some pics. The one in the foreground is the one in question. She has always been a bit bigger, redder in her comb and feathers and more outgoing.

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  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    It's pretty young to sex (young Orpington gender has been notoriously difficult for BYC members to determine accurately) but based on the size and redness of the comb, I'd say the bird in question is a male. The other one looks like a female.
     
  3. HugHess

    HugHess Chickrack Addict

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    X2 for Roo... would be my guess.
     
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    I'm not going to say anything for now. Buff orp hens sometimes can get large combs at an early age.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm leaning towards cockerel, but it is too young to be sure.
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm thinking cockerel.
     
  7. starchicky

    starchicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I called the place I got them from, and they could be as much as two weeks apart. I keep trying to look for different saddle feathers, but still hard to tell.
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  8. starchicky

    starchicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So it's not looking good. The chicken on the right is the one in question. Definitely has a bigger, curly tail, and bigger feet. The comb is still bigger and more red. But I'm still looking for behavior clues to be sure.

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  9. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Can you get a clear side shot of them both? Even in this shot you can see what appears to be darker, glossier patches on the bird in question on the wing and saddle area - which would be distinctly male characteristics. Just looking at this photo it seems you have a cockerel and a pullet.
     
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     

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