Did I get a roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by finster, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. finster

    finster Out Of The Brooder

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    Ive been lurking around the forum for a while since the boy said he wanted chickens. We ordered 5 buff orpington pullets and they arrived May 15th. One of the birds has grown a comb that's been turning very bright red and I'm worried we may have ended up with a rooster. The other four ladys have smallish combs and still pink. After reading some other posts I'm thinking maybe she could just be at the point of lay? If that's the case I need to get my butt in gear and start on those nesting boxes I've been putting off. I havent noticed any behavioral changes other than this bird wanting to roost on the 6ft tall privacy fence around our yard rather than in the coop. We cliped her wings to stop that. Just wanted some other opinions.
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    How old are they? I don't see any saddle feathers and if you can't see any spur development then i would suggest its a pullet.
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  3. finster

    finster Out Of The Brooder

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    I looked back at the calander, we picked them up May 13th, not the 15th. I think the invoice listed their hatch date but I could not find it. I dont think they could have been more than a few days old when we got them. So they should be going on 19 weeks. No spur development that I noticed. I can check again when I get home. Right now im at work.
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Maybe she's an early bloomer then. If she squats in front of you, then she certainly is a pullet that is about to begin laying, as the squatting shows she wants to be mated.
     
  5. Toddrick

    Toddrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She would've had a comb like that at six weeks if it were a male.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Pullet.
     
  7. finster

    finster Out Of The Brooder

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    Sweet. The old lady will be excited. So if she's an early bloomer, how soon can we expect eggs? Are we talking days or weeks?
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    From the looks of her, it could be any day. Or, it could be another couple of weeks, it's hard to tell. Pretty soon your other hens will match her comb and you'll be getting lots of brown eggs [​IMG]
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  10. finster

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    We got an egg! I checked when I was locking up the coop and just found it. She must have laid it sometime this afternoon because it wasn't there when I got home from work. I started to carry it into the house but decided to leave it in the coop. My son has been checking for eggs every morning since I put the nesting boxes in. I want him to find it.[​IMG]
     

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