We have two 6-month old black orpingtons from Jody & Charlie's eggs. One we thought was a hen and named her the Black Princess. She was a victim of a very bad dog/fox/coyote attack on its back 2 months ago and lost ALL her tail feathers. Even now, s/he looks like she is tail-less! S/he is in a coop area with younger birds during the recovery period and gets along with them all. Yesterday we had her outside to roam a bit and she approached the rooster pen and hackles went up numerous times and s/he forcibly attacked the fence with 'spurs' up to get at the marans roosters in there. Is this possibly the behavior of a hen? We are thinking the princess is a prince since no hen in her right mind attacks roosters. On the other hand, the black orp we thought was a roo and is in the roo pen with marans roos is mellow and avoids all rooster conflict. S/he is starting to look more henlike in the face even though s/he had more comb originally. PLUS. there is more tail and glossy black feathers over the entire body, yet not enough to make us say ROO!. We are taking roos for processing tomorrow. What do you think? Is the princess a prince because of her behavior, and vice versa on the prince?? I LOVE these orps but the sexing is driving us all crazy! These birds were hatched in May and we still aren't sure!