Black orpington - cock or pullet?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by peppymike, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. peppymike

    peppymike Hatching

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    Hi, I'm new on the forum and new to keeping orpingtons. I would be grateful for your opinions.

    We brought 3 Black Orpington pullets a few months ago but since we got them the one in the photo has started to get flecks in it's feathers around it's neck and it's comb is a lot bigger than the other girls.

    Is this a Black Orpington? Or a cross? Or is she male?

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    Thank you in advance!

    Michael
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager 5 Years

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.

    Sorry, but I think this is a rooster. Hope I am wrong, and those more experienced than me will reply.
     
  3. StephensonC

    StephensonC Songster

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    Welcome to BYC!!

    I think you have a rooster.
     
  4. Oscarsgravett

    Oscarsgravett Chirping

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    Welcome to byc!!!

    I'm not an expert at all but i would say its a pure black orpington rather than a cross as it has the right sized breast and chunkie body for one. I think you may have a roo there however some pullet can mature much faster than others. My sussex's did the same thing we thought we had a rooster in our lot that we bought as pullets but she just matured faster than all the rest and layed 2 and a half weeks before the others did so dont give up hope :)she may be a girl. Try taking a picture of her with the others and posting it , it might make it easier to compare and decide. Lovely chicken though :love
     
  5. AtlantisPeeps

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    That is a boy. You never look at JUST the comb. I see here, bright red droopy wattles, thick legs, green sheen on the feathers, and the give away are those very obvious saddle feathers; in which hens/pullers do not have. [​IMG]
     
  6. AtlantisPeeps

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    Also, I do not believe that is a purebred black Orpington. It looks to be an Orpington mix. A true black Orpington would not have brown color anywhere (as yours has on the neck). Hope I helped!

    How I know: I own and breed pure orpingtons [​IMG]
     
  7. Oscarsgravett

    Oscarsgravett Chirping

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    I didnt see the green sheen and the saddle feathers as i was looking at it on my phone and the pic was tiny but now i have seen a larger pic on my computer i completely agree with you
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

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    Definitely a rooster.
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

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    Rooster for sure.
     
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    Agreed.
     

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