Buff Orpington - 10 weeks. We think he's a roo, input appreciated.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by m.kitchengirl, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. m.kitchengirl

    m.kitchengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so, its the standard problem. got 6 pullets, think that 2 are roosters.
    my boyfriend says we have to get rid of roosters, but i love this guy. (when i agreed i'd never met a rooster i didn't hate.) he's nice to the girls (if he is a "he") and very friendly with me & the family. he hasn't crowed yet, thank goodness. i'm afraid they'll make me send him to "freezer camp" once he does. (unless Buff Orpingtons don't have loud crows...)

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  2. Schwartzfarmnc

    Schwartzfarmnc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! At 10 weeks, I believe you've got yourself the beginning of a beautiful Roo! [​IMG]
    My girls are just now that red and they are 18 weeks, but the feathers aren't screaming roo either, but I still am voting Roo.
     
  3. Buff Hooligans

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    It looks like he sort of knows what his fate might be and he's already hiding. He's very cute.
     
  4. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    your orpington picture #2 looks just like my black orpington in the comb, in regards to starting right above the nostrils.
    I can't see the feathering well in your photos though, or the legs. But based on the large fleshy area/angle of the comb I would say roo - that's what I was told for mine too.

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  5. afj6710

    afj6710 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm guessing roo too. Maybe you can convince him to let you keep just 1 roo? [​IMG]
     
  6. m.kitchengirl

    m.kitchengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i tried on pictures of feet, and more of tail area:

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    and him with his, same age lady friend:

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    and him struttin' his stuff w/ hermione the wyandotte:

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    i know its a lot of photos, and maybe not helpful, but it is HARD to get a good photo of his feet. he loved the frozen peas today, it was so hot, they were WONDERFUL treat, i am sure.


    thanks for all the input, i don't know how i'd do this whole chicken thing without byc folks. i'm working on the bf, its important to make them think it is their idea. i bought a roasting chicken at the farmer's market & it was wonderful. 3 more b.o.s hens & i could just do 2 pens of chickens... right?
     
  7. m.kitchengirl

    m.kitchengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    your orpington picture #2 looks just like my black orpington in the comb, in regards to starting right above the nostrils.

    he's beautiful? is he a sweetheart, too? i'm wondering, if i do have to ... part with him ... will he be that "one of a kind" darling orpington rooster that i wish i could find when i DO start meat birds?​
     
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  8. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

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    Why do you need to part with him? They are a nice calm bird. I hope you can keep him. [​IMG]
     
  9. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Roo, but a nice looking one. My buffs did not have there combs that big until now and there 18 weeks
     
  10. LostGosling

    LostGosling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yikes, thats definately a Roo. They are usualy very gentle birds though. I would like to say that Orpigtons don't crow loud, but I have a tiny bantam rooster than can blow you away with his crows. If the crowing is the problem, I think you can have a roo de-crowed. I don't know where you could go to get it done, but you could ask an avian vet about it.

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