Lavender Orpingtons~ Pullet or Cockerel

Olde South Coop

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I'm picking up the two lighter Lavender Orpingtons in a couple of days. The lady said they are 5 or 6 weeks old. Decided not to get the darker one because I thought it might be a cockerel. Did I make the right decision? Any thoughts on the lighter two being pullets? Hoping for the best.....
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chooks4life

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Yes, the dark one is definitely a cockerel. Out of the pale ones, the one in the foreground looks like a probable pullet, and the one behind I am not 100% sure on, it looks like it might be a slower developing male. In the second pic it looks like a girl but in the first pic, in profile, you can see the leader spikes of its comb standing up a little bit too far for a girl of 5 or 6 weeks, in my opinion.

Best wishes.
 

BantamLover21

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Yes, the dark one is definitely a cockerel. Out of the pale ones, the one in the foreground looks like a probable pullet, and the one behind I am not 100% sure on, it looks like it might be a slower developing male. In the second pic it looks like a girl but in the first pic, in profile, you can see the leader spikes of its comb standing up a little bit too far for a girl of 5 or 6 weeks, in my opinion.

Best wishes.
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Olde South Coop

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Brought them home today, here are better pictures.
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The lady told me they were about 5 weeks old and that the larger one probably hatched first. The smaller one is in the pink band. They still look like pullets to me at this point.
 

BantamFan4Life

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Yes, the dark one is definitely a cockerel. Out of the pale ones, the one in the foreground looks like a probable pullet, and the one behind I am not 100% sure on, it looks like it might be a slower developing male. In the second pic it looks like a girl but in the first pic, in profile, you can see the leader spikes of its comb standing up a little bit too far for a girl of 5 or 6 weeks, in my opinion.

Best wishes.
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chooks4life

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Orpingtons don't tend to be one of the faster developing chooks, not that I've seen anyway, so development of the comb at this age I still consider likely male since that's true for pretty much all breeds with very few exceptions.

I guess we'll know for sure in future. At the moment I'm still thinking one is a male.

Best wishes with them.
 

chooks4life

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Good luck with that, fingers crossed they stay looking like pullets. Thanks for the updates, it's good to know how things turn out, learn some more. :D

Best wishes.
 

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