Is this Buff Orpington girl actually a boy?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by SoManyHats, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. SoManyHats

    SoManyHats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My BOs are 11 weeks, and just this morning I noticed this particular one's tail is a completely different angle and shape than the rest. I've heard you can't go by comb size with this breed. I ordered all girls from the hatchery, but I know they can get it wrong. Opinions? TIA.

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  2. Flybybirds

    Flybybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you get a close up of the head? Looks like a pullet but then I can't see the comb very well
     
  3. SoManyHats

    SoManyHats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll try. Darn thing wouldn't hold still for a second!
     
  4. Flybybirds

    Flybybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is something I copied and pasted when I was trying to visually sex my Orps. Maybe this will help. I would wait until 10-12 weeks and you can probably get a pretty good idea then. Here it is:
    Pullets usually get their wing and tail feathers before cockerels

    At around 5 to 6 weeks, sometimes sooner, you will see definite comb development on the cockerels in most breeds

    At 2-3 months you will see the hackle feathers developing on the males.

    Cockerels have more pointed feather tips.

    Cockerels are usually bigger by a few weeks old.

    Pullets tend to have a smaller, round head, compared to the cockerels larger more angular one.

    Cockerels usually have longer legs (look for spur development).

    In saying this, nothing is 100% until they start to crow or not
    Hope This helps a little
     
  5. SoManyHats

    SoManyHats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do I get an admin to remove the spam post?
     
  6. Flybybirds

    Flybybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Weird, how did that pop in?????
     
  7. BantamLover21

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    Looks like a Buff Orpington pullet to me.
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    It looks like you have a pullet. In my experience, tail size/shape isn't the most accurate tool for telling the gender on young chickens. Comb size/reddness is more accurate, as is the development of pointy hackle feathers or saddle feathers.
     

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