How old are my Buff Orpingtons?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sapphirea, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. Sapphirea

    Sapphirea New Egg

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    I purchased 2 female Buff Orpingtons that are supposedly 8 weeks old from a regular individual. I was looking at other 8 week olds online and all of those seem a lot bigger and more feathered than mine. Are mine actually younger? I am starting to wonder if I got ripped off since the 4 week old prices were lower. [​IMG]

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  2. CityCraft

    CityCraft Out Of The Brooder

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    Those chicks do not look 8 wks old at all. I'd say more like 4 or 5.
     
  3. Bill 101

    Bill 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's pretty hard to tell, because individual lines mature at different rates, but I would GUESS them to be 4, maybe 5 weeks old. I also think (again a GUESS) they are cockerels (males)
     
  4. Sapphirea

    Sapphirea New Egg

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    What makes you believe that they are males? Ugggh, I'm pretty upset that I drove so far to get the exact opposite of what I wanted.
     
  5. mtnviewfarms

    mtnviewfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry but I routinely hatch and grow out chicks and have raised lots of Buffs. Those two cute chicks
    are only about 4-5 weeks of age - either that or they have been undernourished - i.e., not fed the
    appropriate starter/grower crumbles. I also believe them to be cockerels. Their 'body style', how they are standing and the prominence and dark red coloring in the comb area.

    Buff pullets, at least all that I've grown out thus far, are nearly 14 weeks of age when you can see any
    growth at all in the comb area and then it is nearly white to very, very pale pink and not red as these two.

    Sorry. We've all been 'chicken newbies' at one time and experience is a difficult teacher, keep learning and do your 'chicken homework' next time before purchasing.
     
  6. LVchicks

    LVchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 BO chicks. They are 6 weeks old today. Your chicks look like mine did a week or two ago. Mine are also supposedly pullets and none of them have ANY pink or red in their combs. Two have almost no comb at all the other two have a little comb but it has no color at all.
    So sorry you were misled. When My internet is back to normal I'll be uploading a pic of my favorite BO and you can compare her to yours.
     
  7. LVchicks

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    This is Violet. She is a 6 week old BO pullet.
     
  8. Sapphirea

    Sapphirea New Egg

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    I am excited to announce that the "male" orpingtons were indeed females, just like the seller had stated. I just discovered this egg from one of my Orps tonight! (The one closest to camera) Laying at 19 weeks old, I thought that's unheard of for an Orpington? I'm super happy and relieved that I kept them.

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  9. JanetS

    JanetS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay!! Sometimes it can be so hard to know. We thought we might also have a rooster until she laid her egg.
     

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