Help me confirm the genders of my Orpingtons?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by distincthead, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. distincthead

    distincthead Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey all, I have 8 Orpingtons, 2 of which I know are roos (the cuckoo ones). I'm also fairly sure the lavender is a hen. The other 5 I am having trouble sexing. Perhaps one of you could help?
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  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    #2- Hen
    #9- both appear to be roosters
    #10- Rooster
     
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    How old are they?

    Those "cuckoo" birds aren't orpingtons at all. I don't know what they are, but that body type is not orp. They're long, lean and leggy, the opposite of an orpington.

    I think I'm seeing alot of roosters, but will wait for guesses pending age of the birds.
     
  4. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. distincthead

    distincthead Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah those cuckoo ones threw me too. They started out as gray chicks with black dots on their heads and grew the fastest out of the whole flock. I have some Marans that are the same size, but these obviously aren't Marans either. Some sort of crossbreed? They came from a fellows house who sells only Orps and that Polish breed with the big "hats". Come to think of it, so did the Marans as they were given to him as rescues and then given to me because he didn't want them. Anyhow, they were all born around the first week of June, last few days of May at the earliest. The Marans I got as laying adult hens, not that it's relevant... ;)

    Veer67 - The two in #9 probably are roosters, and they were aggressive as chicks too. They are the smallest/runtiest of the group. The big one in #10, well I just saw him crow, so that solves that. Ugh, buy 8 birds, get at least 5 roos hahaha

    Anyone in CT have any English Orps they are willing to sell? Anyone need a roo? I'm looking for 3 hens at least before winter. I'll probably get rid of one of the cuckoo roos, and both of the smaller black ones.
     
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  6. donrae

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    Okay, so 3ish months? Your only pullet is the pretty lavender hen in the first pics.
     
  7. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well they do look a lot like Black sex link roosters.
     
  8. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    From their age I wold say that they are all roosters except for your lavender pullet.
     
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  9. distincthead

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    That they do.

    I was worried about that. What luck! Alas, I guess I will be eating a lot of soup this Winter if nobody wants them. I can't justify feeding 7 huge roosters, they go through lots of feed.

    Guess I'm looking for a minimum of 4 English Orp pullets.
     
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