Buff Orpington 3 week old chicks- both pullets or one of each?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Shezadandy, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 Buff Orp chicks, given the different features I'm wondering if we got one of each instead of the 2 pullets we ordered. Both are friendly but "Chick 2" with the lighter tail is the bonafide cuddler.

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    Chick 1

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    Chick 1 (again)
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    Chick 2
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    Together: Chick 1 (left), Chick 2 (right)
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    Together: Chick 1 (bottom), Chick 2 (top)

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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    IMHO, 3 weeks is way too early to tell with orps.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    They're too young to sex accurately, but I don' see any obvious cockerel traits yet.
     
  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Loving the Autumn Weather Premium Member

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    agreed
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on both of the above posts. I would suggest re-posting their pics again in about a month. By then their gender should be more obvious.
     
  6. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hooray! I can continue to hold out hope. Will post new pictures after a while.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
    way to young
     
  8. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I realize we're still probably too early to tell but I'll put up these day 28 and 29 pictures for comparison points- might at some point be useful to someone else.

    Neither has an obvious boy comb- faces are basically identical. The main difference is in the feathers.

    Day 28- Chick 1, upper, Chick 2 lower
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    Day 29- Main difference is the back feathers and tail. Chick 1, top, has stiffer darker feathers. Chick 2 has lighter, fluffier/softer feather duster type back/tail feathers.
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  9. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are the face shots at Day 41. The body/tail feather differences remain the same as previous pictures, just longer. Chick #2 (tv watching lap warmer) continues to have light, very soft tail feathers. Their faces are difficult to tell apart at this stage which I take as a good sign.

    Day 41, Chick #1

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    Day 41, Chick #2

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  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    At that age, comb and wattle development is a much better indicator of sex in Orpingtons than feather development. Looking at their pics, I don't see anything screaming cockerel at this point so I'm thinking pullet on both of them. :eek:)
     

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