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Buff Orpington Roo or Hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by sheepnchicks, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. sheepnchicks

    sheepnchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    My 10-year-old son bought a couple chickens back in August. One is a Buff Orpington and we have no idea what gender this chicken is! It has a small comb and wattle. It hangs out with our rooster all the time and we see them fight. Its very bossy. Its obviously big enough to crow but no crow and no eggs. It lets my kids pick it up. Doesn't fight them. Its about 6 months old I believe. Its also a very large chicken.[​IMG]
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rooster-I think. The comb and wattles do look small, but…the feathering...
     
  3. sheepnchicks

    sheepnchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    The feathering has had me thrown off. The feathering has changed a lot over the last week and that pic is from yesterday. That has me leaning towards a rooster but the fact that it doesn't crow and I've never seen it pay any attention to the hen and the small comb and wattle has me lean back towards hen.
     
  4. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    This is a tricky one. [​IMG] I'm going with rooster though based on those saddle and sickle feathers I see coming it. My guess is that he is just a late bloomer and will start crowing soon. Oh, and [​IMG]
     
  5. sheepnchicks

    sheepnchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! Would anything keep a rooster from crowing?
     
  6. StarMeKritten

    StarMeKritten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No doubt about it. He's 100% rooster. He will start crowing eventually. There are "no crow" collars that you can get but I have no experience with them so I'm not sure how well they work.
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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  8. sheepnchicks

    sheepnchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry, when I asked what would keep a roo from crowing, I mean, this rooster is very large and I've never heard a peep from him. Why would a rooster this large not be crowing by now? Between the small wattle and comb and no crowing sounds we assumed it was a hen til recently. The saddle feathers and extremely largeness led me to think maybe a roo? We have a Black Ausralorp roo about the same age and he's been crowing for a good while now.
     
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Cockerels usually begin crowing from 4-5 months, but sometimes one will take considerably longer, and on rare occasions, it can be nearly a year.
     
  10. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A rare possibility-Hermaphrodite. It does happen occasionally.
     

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