Buff Orp characteristics

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Weasleymum, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. Weasleymum

    Weasleymum Songster

    Aug 1, 2008
    Hi all, I am a new owner of three Buff Orps, about 9 weeks old. I've noticed that one of them seems to be developing a lot more reddish color in the beak than the other two. Is this normal? A sign of disease? Or a hint that I might have a rooster?

    BTW, at what age would I start to see the gender characteristics to reassure me that I've got all girls?

  2. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    I'm not sure about the beak turning red. At about 8 weeks you can take a pretty good guess if they are hens or roosters. The roosters should have small waddles and an adult hen size comb. The girls should have no waddles and a very small comb. Of course one of my hens looked like a rooster at this stage so it's just a guess.
  3. minna

    minna Songster

    Oct 15, 2008
    Burnsville, MS
    Mine are around 8 weeks old and I can tell by the combs no problem. I'm not sure about the beak, I haven't noticed any differences?
  4. Lee

    Lee Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Marion County, IN
    Yes, the roosters get their wattles and combs first. some of mine were hatched the middle of June and have yet to utter the first crow. No eggs yet either from the pullets. But, beauties to behold! [​IMG]

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