do these chocolate orpingtons look ok?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dixiebazarre, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. Dixiebazarre

    Dixiebazarre In the Brooder

    Dec 27, 2014
    Bogart GA
    I have three 5 week old chocolate orpingtons. I can't find a lot about them online other than they are kind of hard to find in the states. These guys just don't look nearly as healthy as my other chicks (wyandotts, leghorns, buff orpingtons, EEs, barred rocks) Is it just their age? Do chicks really look this bad at this age? Also, any way to sex them? If I have roos, I will need to re-home them. and don't wanna sell sickly chicks. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2015
  2. Caitlin_VT

    Caitlin_VT Songster

    Jul 3, 2011
    The first one is definitely a cockerel - his comb is red and large already! Orpingtons, especially if they come from English breeding, go through really horrible-looking phases. They won't look nice until ~20 weeks, maybe. The males especially look horrible and moth-eaten during their juvenile phase.
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  3. TakenBackBre

    TakenBackBre In the Brooder

    Jul 14, 2013
    Did you end up with any pullets? Those pictures look good to me. They are slow to feather and very ugly for a while. But breeding does count and I've seen a good deal of ugly chocolate orps out there.

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