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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.

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  2. Gercarson

    Gercarson Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep one pullet and one cockerel
     
  4. Harley's girl

    Harley's girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yep! [​IMG]
     
  5. big greg barker

    big greg barker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Overrun With Chickens

    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.
     
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  8. Red

    Red Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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. So...now 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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