Lavender Orpington gender

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ambergds, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. ambergds

    ambergds Out Of The Brooder

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    My broody hatch 4 lavender Orpington chicks for me. One I know is a cockerel and one I know is a pullet. The third is confusing me. She/he has feathered slow, but is small bodied and small legs, has a small comb and wattles but recently I'm noticing red below the feather in her/his face. Any Orpington experts want to tell me what I've got?
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  2. widelacing

    widelacing Out Of The Brooder

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    It looks like a pullet to me. Lavendar orpingtons are awesome!
     
  3. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    How old? Looks like a slower developing cockerel to me... common when there's a dominant boy...
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'm also thinking cockerel. He's young yet and Orps can be slow to mature, especially the non-buff varieties.
     
  5. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    Don't give up hope just yet. Here's our little blue girl at a month old, and again at 6 weeks. As you can see (and like you) I was a little concerned but her comb and wattles have not changed in the last three weeks (she's almost 7 weeks old now and they still look the same). She too has tiny feet and delicate legs. Our boys all have huge combs and wattles (and tree trunks for legs), our other three girls all look like this girl. If those wattles drop before 12 weeks then you can be sure its a boy but I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

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  6. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm with RavynFallen & done, cockerel but like JaeG I've had Orpingtons & they are slow developing.
    Comb/wattle & slow feathering makes me side with cockerel. However JaeG is right, it all depends on the age too, how old is yours?
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I'm feeling optimistic - pullet
     
  8. ambergds

    ambergds Out Of The Brooder

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    They are 6 weeks. A lot could change in the next couple of weeks. If cockerel, how do you decide which one to keep?
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  10. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    Do let us know what it turns out to be as it could be of help to someone else searching for answers. You could post it on the 'Lavender Orpington Thread' (not the one with a ! at the end of the thread title) for more opinions or on page 166 on that thread someone has posted their birds at 6 weeks old showing comb and wattle development. They could advise you on which boy to keep if you end up with more than one as well.
     

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