Buff Orpington -Cock or hen??

Huggiebear

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Mar 7, 2018
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Hi. I've kept bantams for a while and decided to buy a couple of young buff orpington hens approx 15 weeks old back in November 2017.
We had a guarantee from the breeder that they were hens and if not he would replace them if they turned out to be cockerels. Now one has definately turned out to be a roo, he was such a character we decide to keep him but had doubts the other was a hen. I sent pics to the breeder and he claimed the other was definately a hen due to the shape of the feathers. Jemima the buff orpington has never laid, never been treaded by the roo and has now started crowing on and off. Can anyone give me any advice? Thanks

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Kat C

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Feb 25, 2018
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In the picture showing the two which is the one that you know is a rooster? Is Jemima the name of the one that is in question? Sorry, I just want to be a bit clearer. The one on the right has a smaller lighter comb, but the one on the left looks more like the other pictures. I am inclined to say they are both roos.
Hens do sometimes crow but I listened to one on youtube and it sounds rather feeble and shortened. To me the crow says roo.
 

Huggiebear

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Mar 7, 2018
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Thanks for the reply. The one on the left is the roo, that pic was taken 3 weeks ago and they have both developed alot in that time. All the other pics are the hen. The crow is quite feeble and only occurs every few days.
 

Kat C

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Feb 25, 2018
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Thanks for the reply. The one on the left is the roo, that pic was taken 3 weeks ago and they have both developed alot in that time. All the other pics are the hen. The crow is quite feeble and only occurs every few days.
here is a clip of a crowing hen
Well the one on the right does have a smaller and lighter comb so it could be a hen, but it should be old enough for the roo to want to mate her. Did you know that chickens can have gender identity problems :) https://www.nature.com/news/2010/100310/full/news.2010.114.html
Chicken's split sex identity revealed
Half-male, half-female fowl explain sex determination.
Not only that they can change gender ....
https://www.livescience.com/13514-sex-change-chicken-gertie-hen-bertie-cockerel.html
And in 1474 a rooster was burned at the stake for laying an egg https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1075&context=ccr
None of that helps with your problem but I think you may well have a dud, whether it is another rooster or a sex confused hen.
Personally the shape of the saddle feathers looks about the same on both and the roo doesn't have much of a tail. Look down the page here http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGK/Orps/BRKOrps.html and you will see pics of Orpinton roos and hens. Maybe that will help. Orpinton roos don't have as many distinct traits as do roos of other species.
 

MANNA-PRO

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