6 week old Buff Orpington

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jchmiola, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. jchmiola

    jchmiola Hatching

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    Hello! I am new to Backyard Chickens and recently purchased my very first chicks. I got them as day olds and they are now about 6 weeks. The one chick, Borp, is a very lovable little girl who will sit in your lap or on your shoulder and loves being held. The older she gets, the more I am starting to think she is really a he. Any help in this one? I have pictures of her/him to help you out. Thanks!
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  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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    WELCOME TO BYC!!

    I've raised BOs for a long time and have never had a hen have that red of a comb at 6 weeks. Sorry but that is looking like a boy.
     
  3. jchmiola

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    Thanks Mountain Peeps! Another question for you. We were going to just raise hens. Is there any benefit having a rooster? We will have 3 hens and 1 rooster if Borp turns out to be a boy. Will we always have fertilized eggs? Thanks again!
     
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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    Roosters are great! If you can keep one, defiantly do! Especially a buff orp. Roosters defend the flock, provide fertilized eggs, take very good care of their ladies and can be sweet. Just remember to keep one for every 1-10 hens you own so that the hens don't get too much attention and so that there aren't fights. You should expect fertile eggs all the time.

    Here's a great link.
    http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2013/02/bulls-eye-lessons-i-have-learned-about.html
     

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