Experienced Buff Orpington breeders...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by calichickies, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. calichickies

    calichickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any secrets on sexing young chicks?
    I've got 10 due in about a week... just wanted to know if there is anything I can look for as they hatch.
    Thanks!
     
  2. calichickies

    calichickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm...
    crickets chirping... that's all I hear.
    So I guess no one has any tips or advice on this one then huh?
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  3. sevenbabychicks

    sevenbabychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As far as I know, male and female BOs look alike as hatchlings. I'm no expert, though. The Buff Orpington thread over in the Breeds forum might have some useful info. Good luck!
     
  4. calichickies

    calichickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A funny thing happened with this hatch.
    From my pure buff orps I got one that hatched with feathered legs - I believe he's a roo - only 2 days old though so time will tell. That would be fun to be able to tell by feathered legs or not. hmmm....
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  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Sexing Orps can be very tricky. I have had a few that I went back and forth on for quite a while. You can't really judge by leg thickness, because they all have thick legs. Watch the combs and their stance.
     
  6. calichickies

    calichickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply!
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  7. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    as they get older the cockerels coloring will start to change to a bit more vibrant ornge on the wings then the hackles and the saddles will come in looking the same...the cockerels are 2 toned but this may take up to 15+ weeks to see that difference
     
  8. soler

    soler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well.... i am not a breeder and my orpingtons are lavender.... but here is the timeline with photos for mine:

    week 1

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    henrietta on the bottom, georgiana on the top... Henrietta is now Henry!

    in this different view you will notice his legs are substantially thicker already at 1 week old, he's on the left:

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    at around 2.5 weeks, he's much bigger (though she was sick for 2 days and lagged in growth a bit, his legs are massive, and the comb is starting to stick out:

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    they developed tail feathers/general feathers at the same rate.

    at 4 weeks, i was positive he was male, with clear pink comb/wattles development, while she is smaller and no comb:

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    week 8...Henry really sprouting that comb

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    see Georgiana on bottom left, still at 8 weeks - no comb at all

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    fast forwarding to week 17

    georgiana - just starting to develop pink comb/wattles now

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    Henry, same age

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    week 21 Henry, i think he's done growing here. We are now on week 25-26 and he's the same.

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  9. calichickies

    calichickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow!!
    Thank you SO much!
    With pictures and everything -
    What a very thorough answer indeed!

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  10. Peepsicle

    Peepsicle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats a nice roo!! This is our Buff Orp pullet at about 5 weeks.

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    If the BOs are pullets, they probably won't have much of a comb at first.
     

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