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Help with Lavender Orpington gender

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by csgibbs, Sep 16, 2015.

  1. csgibbs

    csgibbs Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone. I am very new to chickens other than some silkies I had in the past. I have 3 lavender Orpingtons and am sure one is a roo, but suspect all 3 are. They are approximately 5 weeks old. Should I have any hope at this point?

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  2. Zinniah

    Zinniah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they could be girls. Chickens, even the same breed and age can grow wattles/combs at very different rates. I wouldn't be so sure they are roo.
     
  3. csgibbs

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    Thank you. At about what age does it become more obvious?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Usually females combs remain orange for a couple months, roosters are pink than red. It's early, but I'm pretty sure those are roosters.
     
  5. csgibbs

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    What are the odds of keeping peace if I kept all 3 and they are Roos? I have an order on the way for 15 pullets, but no other chickens at this time. Assuming my pullets turn out to actually all be pullets, would 3 rooster be too many for my small flock?
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Three roosters can get along with occasional fights, though that will be too much on 15 hens, usually it's 8-12 hens per rooster, you have some time to make decisions, roosters usually don't make trouble until about 5 months, I have also rotated roosters in the past. Who knows, maybe I'm wrong, and they are hens, hopefully.[​IMG]
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    They don't look like obvious cockerels yet.
     
  8. bockchickas

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    My Orps developed waddles and combs at a young age, even the pullets. The comb doesn't look big enough for a roo to me. Definitely could still be a pullet. I'm on the fence with a few of mine now too...Won't be long though and you'll know. I hate waiting. Do they display rooster behavior?
     
  9. csgibbs

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    I hate waiting too. I really don't want to get attached to these two. The third one that I am pretty sure is a roo does stand taller and is more confident. His comb and waddles are much larger than these 2 and are starting to turn pink. These 2 seem rather timid compared to 'him'.
     
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  10. csgibbs

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    Updated photos. They are about 8 weeks now and I have a feeling they are all cockerels. [​IMG]
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