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Buff Orpington chick feather growth question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hungry hunter, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. hungry hunter

    hungry hunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought I had read somewhere that male chicks can be slower in feather growth/development than females. I understand that there can be exceptions to the rule, but is this the case in Orpingtons?

    Here are my 2 week old BOs. They are both very docile and friendly, but one has significantly more feathers than the other. They were purchased as straight run chicks from TSC. Do you think I have a hen and a roo? [​IMG]
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    The fast feathering female/slow feathering male thing does hold true for some breeds, but not Orpingtons. Sorry.
     
  3. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think u have a rooster on ur hands I have a one week old male chick that is far behind that feather growth
     
  4. hungry hunter

    hungry hunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I would be ok with 1 hen/1 roo or 2 hens, but I'm not too crazy about 2 roosters. I was able to find a home for an "extra" roosters we get out of this batch of chicks.

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