Buff Orpington 7+ Weeks old - Cockerel or Pullet? update post#23

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by GardeNerd, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay, so my neighbor is very worried. Two out of 5 of her chicks that are supposed to be pullets are looking a little suspicious. I posted a pic of the Australorp in a thread with mine, but here is the buff orpington.

    She/he is 7 weeks old, 8 weeks on April 23rd. Any opinions on the gender? We are new to this. Thanks for any help.

    Here are 3 pictures of her.
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    Last edited: Sep 11, 2009
  2. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    I am so far from an expert it's not even funny... I am raising my own first set of chicks myself. I will tell you, however, that I have three Buff Orpington pullets and they are 10 weeks old tomorrow and none of them have that much comb or wattle growth or color... so I would be suspicious. I have no real clue... I can only compare yours to mine.

    here's a pic of one of mine at 9.5 weeks old (this past Monday):

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  3. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I'd say pullet.
     
  4. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    i vote cockerel. them's some thick legs and a nice set of wattles.
    doesn't mean i am correct, but that is my vote. [​IMG]
     
  5. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    I had one that looked like that (actually was redder) and I would have sworn it was a roo. Then she laid an egg. Completely had me fooled. Now I have a 10 week old that could go either way. I'd say boy, but I'm waiting for a crow or an egg to be sure. Tricky little things.
     
  6. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    ooh, and I didn't notice the legs before, but Miss Jayne makes a good point - the legs are also noticeably thicker than my bird's legs...
     
  7. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yeah, I am thinking roo because here is a picture of my Buff Orpington pullet at 10+ weeks. However, I have ZERO experience sexing chickens. I only can compare pictures.

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  8. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I totally missed the legs as well. Old eyes?
     
  9. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    yep, gardenerd... my BOs look exactly like your girl there... it sure seems like the one in the original post is a boy...
     
  10. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    the stance screams cockerel also, but there are always a few that no matter what the 'tells' are that fool you.

    eventually, the answer will be ridiculously obvious. until then, it's like the question, "how many licks til the center of a Tootsie Pop?"
     

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