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Blue Orpington: A roo from the start?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Gardenalex, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. Gardenalex

    Gardenalex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    I am asking this for a friend of mine, because he is no member of this forum and he is not able to write in English.

    So, what happened: he got a pair of blue Orpingtons some time ago and the hen wanted to have some babies; she was so stubborn that he let her do whatever she wants, even this late in year.
    But the problem came around the 16-17 day, and suddently she left her eggs. Weird hen, first she wanted babies and then she left them. [​IMG]
    So I drove to him with my incubator and we placed her eggs.

    Today he phoned me, telling me that two babies made it (3 are in the run), but he is a little concerned about how the black/blue one (he is not sure at the moment) look like, because it came out of the egg with a reddish looking comb around five hours ago.

    The other one (the splash one) did not have a comb.
    So, is it possible that the blue Orpingtons, the male ones, did already hatch with a comb? Or can this happen with females either, having combs from the start of their lives?
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    No, it is not possible for chicks to hatch with a mature comb of a cockerel. It's possible it could have been a blood-spot or something from the egg. Cockerels will produce a larger and redder comb at about 3-10 weeks, depending on the breed.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Chicks are born with combs and spur buds, but they are small and undeveloped.
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    I agree. Combs of a pullet and cockerel look the same when they hatch.
     
  5. Gardenalex

    Gardenalex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, whatever it is he is concerned about, I will take a look at Saturday and make some pics for you. Could not believe it either.
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on both of the above posts.
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
    agreed also
     
  9. Gardenalex

    Gardenalex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so sorry that i bothered you. Even with no experiance with Orpingtons, i could see yesterday that there was some blood from the hatching. What i could see were some spoots, an uneven area, where the comb will be, some day. ;-)
     
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2015

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