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Could this Lavender Orpington be a Cockerel?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by katelk, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. katelk

    katelk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2013
    White Bluff, TN
    This is a 10 week old Lavender Orpington. I am suspicious about it being a roo because the tail feathers coming in are a bit less straight than the other pullets. They are starting to look a bit like sickle feathers. The comb and wattles look pretty similar to the others. Still more yellow and definitely not as large and red as some pics I have seen online.
    It is also leaner and not nearly as fluffy as the others and the feathers around the neck also seem to be swirling around the neck rather than just laying flat and straight like the rest of the fluffy girls. Any thoughts? I have never had birds this young so I have never had to sex them! Thanks!![​IMG]
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    It may be a cockerel, but signs are not definitive enough to say so 100 %.
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    It almost looks like it has saddle feathers coming in? It's really young, but close up pictures might help with the guessing.
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    I think that its a male. I think that I can see some pointy, longer feathers coming in near the tail, which would indicate a male.
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Ten weeks is really too early for saddle feathers, especially on a slower maturing breed like an Orp. I do see that sickle feather, it could well be a male, but it's just too early to say for sure one way or another yet.
  6. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    I'm also feeling that this is a male, but honestly, it's just a gut feeling at this point. There are no obvious signs. Give it a few weeks, I'd say.
  7. katelk

    katelk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2013
    White Bluff, TN
    Thanks guys! I know it's still early, but I am pretty convinced this one is a roo. Ah. Hopefully it's the only one in the group so I don't have to get rid or any! I guess I will have to change "her" name from Cassie (Casserole) to Cass :D

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