Apr 30, 2020
I've been looking at other orpington chick posts and I wonder if I have the age of mine correct?

I got them May 13th and I was told they were a week old. That would make them 3.5 weeks old right now if that age is correct.

I bought them 3rd party. A friend of mine received them as extras from a private breeder. I'm thinking they were probably more like 3 days old when I picked them up. They haven't feathered out a ton yet. Some are starting to get pin feathers on their backs and chest.

I only really care about the age because I need to sex them sooner rather than later. These little pretties were an impulse buy as I had already bought an order of pullets in April ..that arrive in 3 weeks. So I need to decide to keep my hatchery order or not based on the sex of these guys. I don't have a ton of room and already have 4 others. 96920623_3500193016662438_8375073849380700160_n.jpg 101023181_3545317298816676_5872179200915406848_n.jpg 101332578_3547478425267230_1212829971899219968_n.jpg 101389304_3547478385267234_7135936919325638656_n.jpg 101620165_3547478468600559_6702863169162838016_n.jpg 101678907_3547918661889873_4546426481445699584_n.jpg I don't want to cancel my pullet order because I had the ages wrong and made wrong assumptions about gender.

Day we got them.

Pictures from 2 days ago and yesterday.
Nov 28, 2017
Age seems correct. Good Orpingtons can be slow to mature. Unfortunately you won’t be able to accurately sex them for at least another 3 weeks. Any cockerels should start going red in the comb over the next few weeks. It does look promising for at least 2 pullets though.

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I would wonder if they're closer to 2.5 weeks of age. I have some of that age currently (good quality English Orps) and they have the same number of feathers yours have, if not more. Of course, this depends on the line of chicks too, but I would guess they're younger rather than older. They are very young, but if I had to guess gender, two and three may be cockerels


Apr 30, 2020
#3 being a cockerel would not surprise me. It is the biggest chick now in height and body (they were all the same size) and it's always had a prominent comb. This one does have tail feathers, l

#2 is the friendliest chick which in the past has meant a boy in my other batch of chicks.

These are supposed to be mottled lavenders and from good stock but since I don't know the name of the original breeder I really have no way of knowing.

Pictures of #3 from this morning.

I'm not sure if orpingtons get their wattles early or not? They all seem to have them.

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Apr 30, 2020
#3 seems to change a bit every day..isn't that always the case LOL. So #3 was named by my oldest daughter and its name is Daisy..just for reference for the photos. It now has longer tail feathers than #4 (who is named Tiny Diamond by my 6 year old :lol: )

#1 #2 hardly any tail feathers or other pin feathers. Their wattles are a pink/red color.

When they were just a few days old/week old #3 and #4 had more wing feathers than the other two with #4 having the longest with #3 a close second.


#1 & #2 together
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#3 aka Daisy starting to get white pin feathers on back and chest. bigger/more tail feathers than #4. Bigger comb than all the other chicks.
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#4 aka Tiny Diamond lots of grey pin feathers on her back and white on her chest. Tail feathers not as full as #3.

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