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Buff Orpington Rooster

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Abril1127, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. Abril1127

    Abril1127 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys. My first post. I am new to backyard chickens, been at it for 3 months now. Just figured out my first 3 chickens were actually roosters. Teach me to buy them at a flea market. (ya I know) So I bought 2 more from a farm that had them sexed and now I'm thinking I have yet another rooster.
    Can you help me sex both of these. One is a buff orpington and the other is the pretty one I got from the flea market that I'm pretty sure is a rooster but wanted ya'll to help me confirm it.
    Thanks so much for the help. I hope I start doing better at this. I'm only allowed 4 chickens in the city.
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Both are cockerels - sorry.
     
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  3. Abril1127

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    Is it the comb that makes you so sure on the Buff? Trying to learn
     
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  4. bbhorsefly

    bbhorsefly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old is the Buff? My BuffOrp boys had red comb and wattles by about 5 weeks. My pullet still has a flat pale comb at 8 weeks. I've been told by Orp experts that a pullet will be getting her comb and wattles closer to 16 weeks.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    Agree they're both cockerels.

    how old is the buff? I'm going off a large red comb for the apparent age, plus the leggy, gawky look. He's also got the start of saddle feathers and sickle feathers, those are male traits.
     
  6. Abril1127

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    He is 5- 5 1/2 months. I was told he would start laying at 6 months in September.
     
  7. bbhorsefly

    bbhorsefly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IMO, I don't see any evidence that your Buff is a cockerel if she is 5.5mo. There should be definite saddle feathers and hackles. And she should have a comb and wattles like that at her age from what I understand. Orps mature slower, but my 15 week old EEs have serious saddle feathers. With the coloring, you'll have to just check the saddle area. I've seen pullets that age with combs and wattles that size. But again, it would depend on when they came in. Are they are more recent addition, or been that size and color since around 6 weeks old?
     
  8. Abril1127

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    We just got the buff. We picked one of the larger of the group and on the way home it dawned on me that that was a mistake!
     
  9. Rhodebar Lover

    Rhodebar Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure it is five months old? It looks younger to me, but if it's actually is the correct age it is probably a pullet. Your flea market bird is definitely a cockerel :)
     
  10. Abril1127

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    That's what the man said. "they won't lay eggs until they're 6 months old, that will be in September"
    Here are some close ups of the saddle and neck feathers. Thanks all for your help. I only get 4 chickens and I hate to waste it on a rooster.[​IMG]

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