Buff Orpington hen or roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Tanka, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. Tanka

    Tanka Out Of The Brooder

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    Hen or roo? "She" (hopefully!) is 18 weeks old. But I think she is older then all the other chicks I got because she has always been bigger. There is a difference between her and the other buff Orpington.. Any help will greatly appreciated!
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It's a pullet that is maturing more rapidly than her flock mate.
     
  3. Tanka

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    Oh good! Thank you!
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Pullet. Looks like eggs are a few weeks out.
     
  5. Tanka

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    I can't wait for the eggs! I've been checking everyday, even though I know it's still too early.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Definitely a Buff Orpington pullet. The fact that her comb is big and red at this age means that she is maturing faster than the other hens, and should begin laying soon.
     
  7. Tanka

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    Thanks!
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    That is a beautiful pullet you got there! :)
     
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  9. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How can everyone tell that it is a pullet without checking the back tail feathers? Just curious because I have Buffs :)
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    This is what makes me think its a pullet:

    1. The comb and wattles are not overly developed for a 18 week old pullet. A cockerel would have an obviously larger, thicker comb at this point.
    2. The hackle (neck) feathers that I can see are not particularly shiny or pointed; both of which would be cockerel characteristics.
    3. The shape of the head is not cockerel-like. At least in my opinion, cockerels almost always have a harsher glare in their eyes, and a more masculine head (longer beak, less plump head, etc.).
     

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