7 week old BO cockerel?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by iamtheallie, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. iamtheallie

    iamtheallie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! I am new to chickens and this site, I am hoping someone can help me determine if this buff orpington pullet is actually a cockerel. She is 7 weeks old. I'm suspicious that she is actually a he because her comb and waddle appear darker and more developed than the other pullets. I couldn't get really great pictures of her, so I hope these are alright! Thank you for your help!!
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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I do think it may be a cockerel, and I know it's not a buff Orpington, sorry. I'm guessing this bird came from a breeder, not a hatchery? Looks like a mixed breed/second generation sex link cockerel.
     
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    I got it from a feed bin, and I guess I'm not sure where they get their chicks from. But that explains why it doesn't look like other buff orpingtons lol. Thank you for your input!
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Buff Orpingtons should be a solid, even gold color and have white/pink legs. This bird has the look of a red sex link hen, but the uneven coloring, darker shading on the wings, thick legs and comb lead me to think cockerel, so it would be a second generation sex link, meaning it's no longer a sex link.
     
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    Very interesting, thanks!!
     
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    I don't know if this realy makes a difference, but as far as behavior goes he doesn't seem to "rule the roost" and he is much nicer to the young chicks that hang out with them during the day.
     

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