Lavender Orpington Gender at 11 Weeks

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Our Lavender Orpingtons will be 11 wks old on Wednesday. We've been trying to band the ones that we are certain are roosters, but a few of them seem to fall somewhere in between what is obviously a rooster or what is obviously a hen. Can anyone help?

Here is a collage of some of our chickens. We have 22, and about 8 of them look like the ones marked rooster here, 11 are clearly hens, but about 3 of them look like the bird on the right - its comb is about half as high as the roos, still kind of yellow-ish, and just the beginnings of wattles (unlike the roos, which are now quite pronounced). They are all the same age, almost 11 wks.

Thoughts? Thanks!

 
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Beautiful birds! LOVE Orpingtons & lavenders are my favorite. You got a very sanitary set up, love it. Anyways, I'm just guessing so don't hold me to it but the picture with the ???? I'm thinking Cockerel, comb & wattle not very red but I think I see the "hackle" feathering (neck feathers slim & streamy looking) starting. Can't see the "saddle" feathering (base of the tail again streamy slim feathering), perhaps another picture? Can look at these birds forever :)
 

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It's hard for me to get anything done because I just want to sit in the coop and watch my birds! They are funny little creatures! We also have 21 coral blue guineas in with the chickens, about 7 weeks old. I started a thread about our coop build, and I need to update it with new photos now that it's just about complete (at least, complete enough to put the birds in it!). It's 22 x 16, where the chickens are, with an attached storage area that's 16 x 8. The 6' corner of the shed area is an infirmary/broody hen area, but we just have open studs right now so it's closed off to the birds.

Anyway, here's another photo, still not great, but kind of shows a mystery bird's butt feathers (the one on the left. The one staring me down is a roo - you can see we gave him a black leg band; he's one of the friendliest/curious chickens we have). I'll try to get a better photo later - the lighting isn't that great because it's soooo gloomy and rainy today (though we do have lights in the coop, I just didn't think to turn them on!).

 

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Wow, you got a GREAT set up. I wanted to get some LO but knowing how big they get, decided not to since I'm limited with space and I wanted to try out some Ameraucanas this time. I have had Blue, Black & Buff in the past but can't keep Cockerels which the Blue & Blacks turned out to be. Had too many Buffs (size) for my Run/Coop so sold them & got some Wynadottes, they were pretty mellow birds too.

I live in a residential area with only 10K sf property, fenced with a 8x12x7 Run/Coop that 4 chickens "fit nicely" but Chicken Math is killing me.
 

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Here's a few more photos, some of these may be the same birds...







And then a head and body shot of two of them, thanks to help from my husband, World Class Chicken Wrangler:





Ever since we ran out of meal worms to lure them, the chickens are much harder to catch :) This last one had no tail feathers for so long, and even now, in comparison to the others (pullets and cockerels) its bottom looks pretty bare. But he has a medium comb and the start of wattles so I'm guessing he's a cockerel.

Probably, as donrae said, all the mystery ones are. I was hoping for at least a dozen pullets but 10 or 11 is not too far off!
 
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