Cockerel or pullet? (orpington)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by hopless500, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. hopless500

    hopless500 New Egg

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    I have a nearly 4 week old chick from a blue splash Orp cockerel and blue Orp mother. She unfortunately died on the eggs, and just this one hatched :(
    It's quite a feisty little thing, with not much going on in the tail department, so I have a horrible feeling it's going to turn out to be a cockerel. The comb has been tiny and pale right through to the last couple of days, since when it's got a little bit pink. There are tiny tiny developing wattles, but to me they look even more pink/red. Which makes me very suspicious. But this is the only chick I've ever dealt with, so basically I have very little idea!
    Any comments would be very welcome :)
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  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    Little early to know for sure, but I'd lean toward a rooster.
     
  3. LotsA Cluckin

    LotsA Cluckin Out Of The Brooder

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    It is no doubt a boy. I have been breeding and raising orpingtons for nearly 4 years now and he is all boy!
     
  4. LotsA Cluckin

    LotsA Cluckin Out Of The Brooder

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    Orpingtons are very easy to sex in my opinion and I can sex them with 95% accuracy by the time they are 2 weeks old! Some say you never know with Orps until they crow or lay an egg but I guess since I have raised 120+ Orpington chicks in the last 4 years I know what to look for
     
  5. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, that's a cockerel.
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Almost certainly a cockerel. Cockerels tend to develop larger redder combs earlier, and they feathers in slower.
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like a cockerel to me, with that comb and slow feathering.
     

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