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is my sweet Debbie really a roo?!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by New Chickadee, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. New Chickadee

    New Chickadee Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    Ventura, CA
    My little Debbie (buff orpington) is my favorite of the flock. She's the most snuggly and friendly and perhaps beautiful. But I'm starting to wonder if she's actually a he! This is my first time owning chickens, so I'd appreciate some help. The oldest in the flock is about 5 months, and Debbie is about 4 months...but she's already bigger than the rest of them. And her red flesh around the face has grown much faster. And her feet are bigger. Now I've started hearing someone making sad crowing noises, like she's trying to learn how to crow. I can't say for sure yet, but I'm pretty sure it's Debbie. If she's a he, I have to find a new home for her since we live in the city, but I love her so dearly! Please say she's a she. [​IMG] If you need different pics, let me know and I'll post tomorrow.


  2. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    I see pointy saddle feathers and big honkin' legs. Debbie looks like a roo to me.
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    I don't see any real saddle feathers (those are just slightly curled ones, girls have 'em too. At this age a boy's saddle feathers are small and on the top center of the back) but yes, that's a boy.
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Debbie looks more like a Danny to me! Nice rooster!
  5. Soaring Chicks

    Soaring Chicks Soaring Hawks Farm

    Jan 3, 2010
    Looks like a very nice young Cockerel you have there.
    Hope that does not change your feelings. So of my best birds have been roosters.
    Best of luck!
  6. ChickenScratchin

    ChickenScratchin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2011
    Sorry, I have to go with roo. [​IMG] Tail/saddle feathers, legs, and wattle look male (and nothing like my BO pullets).
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Debbie needs a new name. Sorry.
  8. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    Gray, TN
    Those neck feathers are too pointy, poor Debbie is a boy.
  9. Honeysucklefeathers

    Honeysucklefeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2011
    western KY
    Sweet Debbie is a Delbert, I'm afraid [​IMG]
  10. the3ofus+oursixchicks

    the3ofus+oursixchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    uh oh looks like a rooster to me. love him anyway he is beautiful. wish i had a buff orpington rooster. id name him dillon
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011

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