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5 week old lavender orpington chick sexing

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickchikww, Jul 1, 2015.

  1. chickchikww

    chickchikww Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my first time rasing Orpington chicks, the 2nd one looks like a boy to me but I'm not sure... I really hope he's not...

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  2. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sadly, it does indeed resemble a roo in my opinion, although it's too early to know for certain. I have heard, however, that Orpington roosters are in most cases wonderful to have around, being calm and gentle just like the hens.

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  3. chickchikww

    chickchikww Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you Alexandra33, i really hope he's a girl because I can't have Roos in my town and I love him so much, really don't want to give him away...:hit
     
  4. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You're welcome, chickchikww. For your sake, I'm hoping so, too. I have a Black Copper Marans whom I was starting to think was a roo due to the significantly larger and redder comb and wattles, come to find out that she's a pullet. You never know, I guess. I feel your pain, though, because we recently had to give away two Easter Egger cockerels since we really weren't wanting roosters at the time. It's very sad.[​IMG]

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  5. newmarch2014

    newmarch2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes my guess would be cockerel. His wattles are already starting to pink up and are large for 5 weeks and that is a really pronounced comb. As Alexandra33 said, I could be wrong but I have raised 3 Buff Orps so far so though the color is different the progression of the rest is comparable and this one says boy to me.
     
  6. chickchikww

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    I agree, his wattles tell everything!
    I have ordered the No-Crow Rooster Collar for him. As soon as he starts to crow I will put this on him and hopefully the neighbors won't hear him...
     
  7. amaurichick

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    The second one looks like a roo to me too! You should give it a few more weeks to know for sure, but the wattles look very pink.
     
  8. kfloydlezak

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    I have a lavender Orpington. I too can't tell the sex. How would I determine the difference between a boy and a girl?
     
  9. chickmomma03

    chickmomma03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: Look at the comb, wattles, and feather development. Also you can check the legs and see how thick they are. How old is your chick? I have a buff orpington and it really wasn't obvious (for me as I was new to all of it) until about 8wks that I had a roo. Now I can tell faster, but not before. I have 2 buffs so I was comparing and my roo gained weight/size faster, his legs were thicker and started changing to a greyish white color, his comb and wattles were bigger and started pinking/redding a lot faster. My buff girl barely has a comb and wattles and she's 4mos 3 weeks old. I refused to believe it until he woke me up 1 morning with his weak and squeaky toy sounding crow (I knew it already, but I just wanted to "will" him to be a her lol). It didn't take me long at all to fall in love with him all over again as a he instead of a she. He's just so lovable!
     
  10. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi! You might indeed have a cockarel there, but I wanted to give you hope...I bought 3 BO chicks that looked identical. One matured WAY faster than the others. Started looking and acting really male compared to the other 2. Bigger, more pronounced comb, big thick legs, brave, talkative. We were just sure SHE was going to be a he. She's not. She's just a big tom boy!
    Did you hatch them or buy them? If they all came from the same hen/roo, then I think my story won't apply. Hope you have a tom boy too!
     

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