Is this a Buff Orpington Roo or Hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by allisojo, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. allisojo

    allisojo Songster

    Nov 16, 2008
    Nuevo Mexico
    This is Ernie. S/he's about 16 weeks and is one of two buff orpingtons I have that age. What do you think - Roo or not? Her comb in super red, and her wattle is much larger than her sister's. (Her sister, Bert, is the lighter-combed fluffier gal in the pics.) Also, lately, she and my 16-week-old EE roo, "Bob," have been facing off against one another. They'll get in each other's faces and puff out their neck feathers. They never peck each other, though. Thoughts? Thanks a lot.

    4 BOs, 3 RIRs, 3 EEs




  2. Gercarson

    Gercarson Chirping

    Oct 13, 2008
    You have a pair of Buff Orpingtons - the one with the "super red" comb also has the beginnings of glossy saddle feathers.
  3. amysue2012

    amysue2012 Songster

    Oct 6, 2007
    Montpelier Ohio
    Yep one pullet and one cockerel
  4. Quote:Yep! [​IMG]
  5. big greg barker

    big greg barker Songster

    Oct 26, 2008
    central maine
    I was looking more at the shape of the hackle feathers and saddle feathers on Super comb. They appear to be more pointy, which is supposed to be an indication of a roo. My buddy has a couple BOs and even his hens have glossy hackles, but they are pampered little biddys. In my inexperienced opinion, you have a hen and a cockerel
  6. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    Looks like a boy and girl to me. At 15 weeks old my BO rooster started crowing and at 16 weeks old he started trying to mount the hens.
  7. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    This summer I hatched and raised ten blue Orpingtons. When they were the size of yours I strongly suspected that seven of them were roosters, but I was hoping that I was wrong. Yep, I ended up giving away six roosters and keeping one. I'd bet a dollar to a donut that the one with a large comb is a rooster.
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2008
  8. Red

    Red Songster

    Mar 17, 2007
    I've had BO chicks, they were the friendliest little things ever. I reckon the one with the large red comb is a boy, he is very handsome [​IMG]
  9. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Yes, I think that one's a boy. Was he also slower than the others in growing tail and wing feathers? That would be another way of telling.
  10. allisojo

    allisojo Songster

    Nov 16, 2008
    Nuevo Mexico
    Thanks, everyone, for your comments. I guess I've got a cockerel on my hands. My other cockerel, Bob, is my son's favorite bird. what do I do? I don't really want two roosters anyway, as I have a small flock of eight ladies. Hmmm...what to do...

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