Is this buff orpington a hen or a rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by pieta23, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. pieta23

    pieta23 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm really hoping for a good brooding hen in this one, but the comb is looking a little big and red, plus the tail feathers are growing longer. What do you think?
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  2. PatS

    PatS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hen. How old is she? Her comb may be reddening because she's close to laying.
     
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  3. pieta23

    pieta23 Out Of The Brooder

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    Great news, I didn't know that the comb reddens when they near laying age. She is 16-17 weeks old.

    Thanks for the info.
     
  4. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    How old? Is the comb a single comb? In that picture it almost looks like a pea comb. Also, what color are the legs/feet. I couldn't quite make out the feet for some reason - they almost look feathered in that picture. And is that a zip tie on the leg that is already quite tight?
     
  5. pieta23

    pieta23 Out Of The Brooder

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    The legs and feet are yellow and the feet have some feathers. That is actually a legband and it's fine. I keep a really close eye on them now because I had one of the legbands get tight for some reason and cut right into the skin. I felt bad about that, but I didn't think it should be necessary to watch them as they are designed to expand.
     
  6. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Buff Orpingtons should have pinkish white clean legs. Are you sure you have an Orpington? Some poor-quality hatchery Orps may have yellow legs, but I've never heard of a feather-legged one.
     
  7. pieta23

    pieta23 Out Of The Brooder

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    I got this egg from a farm with mixed breed chickens. When I expressed interest in buff orpingtons, the lady said she had some eggs that were from her most "pure" orpington hen and rooster. So it is likely not pure-bred, but as close as she could come. Probably should've mentioned that in my original post....[​IMG]
     
  8. cluckfan

    cluckfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a hen to me, but Orps do not have feathers on the feet or legs. May be a mix. They start laying aroung 6 months. Yes the combs turn red just before they start laying. [​IMG]
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Orp mix hen. She may be a good broody, you'll just have to wait and see...........
     
  10. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like you have a Buff Orpington crossed with a Buff Brahma, that would explain the solid color (Buff Orp) and the pea comb, yellow and feathered legs(Brahma). How old is she? The red comb/wattles says "boy", but I don't see any hackle/saddle feathers that would actually indicate cockerel.
     

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