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Is my Orpington pullet actually a cockerel?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by fizz, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. fizz

    fizz In the Brooder

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    My three big bad girls - Bertha, Beryl and Brucie - are 14 week old bantam Orpingtons. Bertha has been the boss of the flock but just recently her face has reddened and her comb and wattles are bigger than her sisters. So, am I right in thinking that Bertha might actually be a boy?

    Bertha on the right, Beryl to her left and Brucie in the back:
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    Bertha standing, Beryl sitting. You can see the real difference between the two of them here.
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    Bertha on the right, Beryl sitting, Brucie tucked in behind.
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    Close up of Bertha:
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  2. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Songster

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    Could go either way. I would just look for saddle feathers.
     
  3. annageckos

    annageckos Songster

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    How old are they?
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    How old? It looks like a cockerel to me.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    The body shape is pullety, but that comb reminds me of a cockerel. How old is "it"?
     
  6. fizz

    fizz In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies (although they make me feel a bit sad). They are 14 weeks old.
     
  7. Tara K

    Tara K Chirping

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    I would say Bertha is a boy, sorry!
     

  8. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Songster

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    I agree that Bertha is a rooster. At 14 weeks, there is no way an Orp pullet is getting ready to lay eggs. I bet you will see saddle feathers coming in shortly.
     

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