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Buff Orpingtons hatched on 1/31/2016.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Shilo7, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. Shilo7

    Shilo7 Out Of The Brooder

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    Buff Orpingtons hatched on 1/31/2016. I read that female chickens get their wig and tail feathers first. I have 8 Buff Orpingtons chicks. 4 of them are all feathered out but are a little bigger than the others. The feathered ones also have comes that are turning pink. I want to put leg bands on the males so I can start noticing the ones that give the most attention to the hens, so that I can pick a good rooster. Can someone tell me the male in the photos? The feathered one is my favorite out of the bunch because he always runs right to me.

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The first three pictures look to be a rooster, a few more weeks you should know for sure. The friendly rooster chicks often end up aggressive. I like the ones that run the other way.
     
  3. Shilo7

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    Thank you. I thought they were male because they are more aggressive. The female chickens feathering first is just for some breeds? Please excuse my spelling wings and combs.

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  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Every breed is different and even individuals in a breed are different. I mostly look for the tell tale sign of a pink comb, the girls combs will remain orange for a couple of months, the boys will get pink in the first month or two. That along with feathering and attitude I can usually pick out my roosters fairly early.
     

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