blue orp babies, gender? *updated pics*

TurtleChick

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hi all -

they're about 6 1/2 weeks old now - i think i have 3 roos, 4 pullets - any input is greatly appreciated!!!


roo #1

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roo #2

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roo #3 (special needs, poor lil guy - but he's so funny and feisty! gotta love him.
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pullet #1

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pullet #2

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splash pullet #3 (? - she's the one i'm on the fence about.... i hope she's a girl!)

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here's a better pic of her comb:

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pullet #4

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thanks in advance!

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speckledhen

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I think you're right, but I'm also on the fence with the splash. At the moment, I'd say cockerel.

I had one splash Orp in my last hatch that feathered in like a girl, tail, everything, then turned the tables on me, bad chick. It's running joke about any splash Orp I want to keep is a cockerel, but if I send the eggs to someone else, they hatch a splash pullet.
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wingnuts

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I don't have any real feedback...I think you're guessing well! :) Can you share what #3's special needs are? I'm just being nosey...curious...call it what you will.
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They are pretty babies. I'm getting so many ideas for what chickies I'm going to bully my husband into letting me get next year. LOL
 

TurtleChick

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wingnuts - he's so funny! the day after we got them (about 3 or 4 days old maybe?), he was a little droopy - had to perk him up and hand feed him some vit/electrolyte and warm mash. ever since he's been a little slower to develop than everyone else - and i hadn't noticed it until recently (when we started giving them some mealworms, scratch, etc) but when he aims and pecks at something on the floor, he misses - hits JUST in front of stuff - so he ends up chasing stuff all over the place (kinda like a little kid trying to catch a ball but keeps kicking it just before they can grab it...). i worry that he has a bit of a depth perception problem or something - he's the reason they still get warm mash twice a day (spoiled!) - i want to be sure he's getting enough to eat. but he sure has energy to spare! he's so feisty and funny - and so cute... he loves to snuggle with his siblings.

speckled - i went to look and see how close the leg color is, but they're all sleeping - didn't have the heart to wake them up. i think his legs are a bit lighter than everyone else's. the breeder i got him from also is doing a self-lavender project (and she used a americauna roo) - wonder if he snuck into my order by accident? s'alright with me - i ordered 6 chicks and got 7!
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i'll look again later when they're shrieking at me for their mash!
 

TurtleChick

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babies, now
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9weeks old.

this one i know is a cockerel - he's such a fluffy butt. he needs a home.... anyone???

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this one i have been really hoping is a girl... but i'm starting to doubt it...
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and the other little girls (and boy(s))... so pretty!

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thanks for looking!

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hollyandty

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I have a late bloomer also. He is a Black Orpington and is half the size of his siblings. Is there a pattern here?

Here he is looking pitifully under feathered (So ugly he's cute)

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Here's the little one next to a sibling of the same age

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americana-chick

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Hmm i think you are for the most part right. to me roo #2 kinda looks like a girl but i am no expert. and roo #3 I cant really see the comb. but roo #1 i would say you nailed right off the bat.
and i think all the suspected to be pullets are indeed pullets.
Hopefully i am right because i am guessing you want a lot of pullets?
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Good luck with them!
 

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