I have 11, 3 week old buff orps that are supposed to be pullets but...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenlover95, May 19, 2009.

  1. chickenlover95

    chickenlover95 New Egg

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    Hi, I am new to chickens but, I was reading online that sometimes chicks that feather out late are cockerls. I have 11 buff orpingtons that are 3 weeks old and all except for one are almost completly feathered out. I was wondering if that on could be a cockerel. I ordered them from healthy chicks and more. I ordered all pullets but I am afraid that I might have gotten a cockerel. Please let me know what you think.
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    picture?
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Post pics. We can help you out.
    ETA: If you don't know how to post pics, feel free to PM me and I'll help you out.
     
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  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    My BO feathered out quickly & was much, much bigger than her brooder mate, an australorp. If the temp of their brooder has been a bit low, they'll feather out a bit faster, too.

    Patience, grasshopper...
     
  5. Sequin

    Sequin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One out of 11 isn't so bad. How about 1 in 3!!! Now That is hugely disappointing!!!! This year I ordered through my local feed store(like I did last year) and out of the 19 chicks I ordered 2 are confirmed roos and one more is suspect. One of my orders was for 3 SS pullets, and one of them turned out to be a roo. [​IMG] I'll keep them for now, but the future is less certain for the roos vs. the pullets.
     
  6. chickenlover95

    chickenlover95 New Egg

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    Hi, everyone that replied. Sorry I have been lazy and haven't been checking the forums!! I still think there is a cockerel but, I will keep him anyway. He is so sweet. I only have 6 chicks now though:hit. When I put them outside, in there "big girl pen" as I called it, a racoon ate 5 of my babies. I have modified the pen and I have been left with 6 happy healthy chicks for about 2 weeks now!! thanks for all the replies![​IMG]
     

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