Buff Orpington

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Haui, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Haui

    Haui New Egg

    Sep 12, 2012
    This spring we decided to get some chickens. I did some research and we decided on Buff Orpington. We have 4 hens and one rooster. They are now about 6 months old and we love them. They are so gentle and beautiful.
    I only have a problem with the rooster and I would love to get some help!

    He is the same age as the hens, but his comb is not nearly as developed like the ones from the hens and he is not crowing!
    Since we got them they always sleep together but since one week the rooster sleeps in a different corner.
    I have them running around our property and during the last week he is always by himself. One chicken used to be with him all the time but now he is always by himself. It almost seems like they do not want to have him around.
    Is that normal? He is such a sweet guy and I would love him to be part of the group.

    I never had chickens before, so maybe you have some advise or suggestions for me! [​IMG]

    Thanks so much!
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I don't have chickens so I'm not sure if it's normal but [​IMG]
  3. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.

    we got some 5 weeks ago and they are 6 weeks old. i really love them, they are so friendly and out going. we have 1 cockeral and 4 pullets. i have them in thier own pen at ground level so the other chickens can ge t to know them. they seem to be getting along with each other so far. i wish i could give you an answer but these are the first i've had and im still learning about them myself.
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    [​IMG] Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan - are you sure it is a rooster?
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Haui, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard. Hope you get your question answered.
  7. 3 NH reds

    3 NH reds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2011
    Western Mass
    I wonder too if this is a rooster. My Jersey Giant and Ranger Roosters have large wattles and combs. And they are so much bigger than the hens. Are you sexing them by what you were told when you got them? My Niece got a rooster when she bought 6 chicks that were supposed to be all hens for laying, people can make mistakes sexing young chicks.
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] from California, I agree mistaken identity?
  10. Missa Chickabee

    Missa Chickabee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2012
    Northern Minnesota


    I love the Buff Orps.

    Will be interested to see what transpires with your flock. I have 5 Buff Orps and 3 leghorns. But my roos is a feisty Black Copper Marans who was an import at 5 months when the girls were 2 1/2 months.

    I think I have a good rooster but there are times when I see he doesn't stick around the girls and I have also seen him just try to get away from them and have some quiet time for himself......he'll hide behind the feed-can in the coop. I'd give him a little more time, but I think there are some good roos and some not-so good. I have heard that another roo in the vicinity can being out their protective/dominant behaviour. All the best. All IMHO.

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