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Are Orpingtons really big, or do they develop differently?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tikka, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Tikka

    Tikka In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2009
    We got 6 chicks from IFA last week, 3 golden sex links for us and 3 variety to raise for my mom, Buff Orpington, RIR and Barred Rock. The RIR and one of the GSLs were just starting tail feathers. The Buff Orpington only had wing feathers but she's the biggest one. Or... is this a symptom of being a Roo?

    A week later, everyone has the start of tail feathers except for the BO. The Barred Rock is the smallest, but does seem to be growing. She is in the middle of the flock in terms of feather development.

  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    My Buffies (BOs) are about 3 weeks old now, and I think the tail feathers really started coming in around a week ago. I hope that helps.
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    If you got them from a hatchery/feedstore you're likely just seeing a rooster in development or something else. Hatchery-based Orpingtons are no bigger than the other breeds most people order.
  4. RaZ

    RaZ Crowing Premium Member

    Apr 20, 2011
    Caseville, MI
    I don't know if tail feathers are an indication or not. Here are the 3 BO's I had at about 6-8 weeks. The roo is obvious.
    I can't say that I see much difference in the tails; they did grow faster and became larger than the BSLs of the same age.
    Now at nearly a year old, the hens are only slightly bigger than the BSLs. They just seemed to get big a little quicker than the BSLs.

    I'm not sure this answers your question.
  5. Tikka

    Tikka In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2009
    Thanks, I'll see about posting pix.
  6. Tikka

    Tikka In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2009
    Barred Rock and Buff Orpington, which we think are the same age based on feathering.
    Buff Orpington and RIR. The RIR is the most developed as far as feathers go, I'd guess 2.5 weeks old.
  7. xC0000005

    xC0000005 Songster

    Nov 1, 2009
    Kirkland, WA
    The orps I got my mixed order from MM are easily larger than most of the other chicks at three weeks (though I got three white ones that make everything else look tiny). I've identified three roosters in my order so far, so I think my orps are probably girls. I hope. I don't mind a buff sandwich or two but if I have six roosters in twenty five chicks, I may have to complain to the hatchery. Which I have no idea how to do, or what they would do, but six would be excessive.


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