Blue Orpington 3 Wks Old....Cockerel, Right?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by speckledhen, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Was hoping for a pullet to give to a friend, but I fear that it isn't to be. Here is a blue Orp chick, three-and-a-half weeks old, a bit early, but I'm already seeing signs of BOY in the feathering pattern, the arched slightly pink comb, long legs, etc. What do you guys think? If it's male, someone think about taking this cutie. He's lighter than many cockerels out of Suede that I've had in the past.

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  2. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Thats a tough one. i would definitely wait on it though because i think there is a good possibility for it to go either way at this point. [​IMG]
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    With that comb I'm guessing roo.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I know it's a tad early, but I do see pink in the comb. Also, the way the wings are coming in, it just seems like a male, but his mother feathered out more like am male, too (though her comb wasn't arched and pink at three weeks old) Gosh, I have a Barred Rock pullet, same age, that has pullet coloring from head to toe, but her comb is already pinkish! I'm going to be very bummed if I have another one like lockedhearts' RuPaul, a super dark rooster. This is the Year of the Rooster, for sure!
     
  5. spikennipper

    spikennipper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say that's a little boy you have got there.
     
  6. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

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    IDK....it could still go girl. I was staring at Baize the other morning...I'm still thinking girl on that one too. Very manly girl, but girl none the less......fingers crossed for you!
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That Baize developed early on, but sure, it could be a girl just like its mama, very masculine in the way she developed. Well, as always, time will tell!
    Look at this one, a BR pullet, by every sexing rule, but see the pink in the comb at 3 weeks old? I've seen some girls start that pinkening process way too early lately, especially in the Wyandottes I used to have, but other than that, she has all the earmarks of a BR pullet, the darker color, dark down the leg fronts, etc.
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  8. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

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    The answer is simple. They like to torture us.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That they do, Sarah.
     
  10. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Me thinks you have alittle cockerel there Cyn. I have been fooled one time with a blue thinking boy and he is now a beautiful hen!!! lol
     

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