help sexing blue and black orpingtons

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by misty skye, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. misty skye

    misty skye Chirping

    Aug 8, 2011
    Hai ! its misty again. hope i can figure out how to upload a pic. ill try again.

  2. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    The only way I can sex blue and black orps is to have the two different sexes exactly the same age and compare. Then we can guess at what we have.
    We hatched 4-5 hatches this year each about 3 weeks apart and that is how we do it with each batch.
    Or wait til they crow. Orps are awfully late about crowing too.
  3. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Songster

    Sep 6, 2011
    Lancaster, PA
    I would say the black is a cockerel and the blue is a pullet. I read somewhere cockerels tails are generally longer (of all breeds, not just long-tails) then the pullets, and in doing some sex-linked breeding this summer that seems to be the case. Although these are still to young to sex for sure - their combs aren't big enough and if they were cockerels they wouldn't have their shiny feathers coming in yet.
  4. wildcat chix

    wildcat chix Songster

    Mar 27, 2011
    Barbourville, Kentucky
    I'm going to go the other way and say the black is a pullet and the blue is a cockerel.

    Hens usually develop tails faster, pretty much alll I'm going on, as i don't see much of a comb on either one.
  5. Country Chick

    Country Chick In the Brooder

    Jul 10, 2011
    Gibsonia, PA
    I tend to think the black is most likely the pullet. My blue cockerels looked like the blue chick when they were small. you'll know for sure when the combs start. The boys combs are huge.
  6. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I fixed the image links.

    When you are putting 2 pics in a thread, be sure not to drop the second on in the middle of the first one.
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    How old are they? The blue is looking more like a cockerel to me, but they do look a bit young to tell for sure.
  8. misty skye

    misty skye Chirping

    Aug 8, 2011
    Thank you terrie for fixing the pic. lol i love computers, but somethings i just dont kno how to do on them. Thank you ALL for your replies. Im thinking the blue is a cockerl, i hate to say this but its
    a little bossy around the yard to the other 2 week old barnvelders. i sit and watch them enuff, and i do see it chasing the others off of the waterer or from the feeder. and the blue is the one i wanted the
    most.[​IMG] i cant keep a gangsta (rooster) lol thats the joke around our house, if we think its a cockerl we refer to it as a gangsta. and gangsta cant stay here. I hope to see you all more around the
    backyard. lol ~~misty
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2011
  9. misty skye

    misty skye Chirping

    Aug 8, 2011
    HINKJC, they are 5 weeks old in that pic. kinda cute, arent they? lol
    Nice to meet you and thank you for replying.

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