My Orpington "chicken" just started crowing!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DownwardDog, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Meet Drop (black/blue Imported English Orpington). I got her as a roughly 5 mos old in September along with Ripple (blue hen at the water bowl) and Splash (who was eaten by a hawk). She just started crowing today, under our deck. I guess she is a he?!?!?! Ripple is a hen, right?[​IMG]

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  2. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From looks,yes.The bottom pic definitely looks like a hen.
    Hens are known to crow,plus I ser know serious hackles feathers or sickle feathers.
    And her combing,and wabbles arent big for a rooster,depending the age,how old is she?
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Are you sure which bird was crowing? I ask because all but the last photo show a cockerel and it isn't really labeled as to who is who in those top photos.
     
  4. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, the last photo of the bird at the water bowl is Ripple, who is hopefully still a hen. The other pics are all of Drop, who I saw crowing today:-(
     
  5. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ripples a hen...
     
  6. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Drop was born in the spring, though I didn't get him/her until September. I thought she/he was sick, or just really picked on as I was told she was the "runt." She was scrawny and her feathers were not fluffy like the other 2 Eng. Imported Orpingtons. Oddly, s/he was the only one who didn't mind being picked up:) Drop just started getting some good fluffy feathers last month. The shiny black feathers only just now are starting to look like rooster feathers:-(

    Oh well, I can't keep him, so wish me luck in finding him a new home! Thanks for confirming, everyone!
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    The first three pics do show a cockerel. I raised Blue Orpingtons for years, still have one blue Orp hen who is almost 7 yrs old.


    The male saddle feathers give it away every time.

    BTW, why do you put quotations marks around the word "chicken" in your title? Just wondering. I know some people think roosters are not chickens (hens and roosters are chickens, that's the species) but I thought there might be another reason. He's definitely a chicken and definitely a cockerel. [​IMG]

    The square shows the saddle feathers of a blue Orp rooster. Pointy, shiny, skinny and a big fringe of them mean male.

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  8. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want some...
     
  9. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I wish you were my neighbor - I'd be happy to take him off your hands! He's a pretty bird.
     
  10. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He had shiny feathers all over from the beginning -- they looked greasy, like he was sick -- do all Orp roosters look like that from the beginning? The fluffy undercoat feathers just started coming in about a month ago or so. Now I'll know:)

    How are these roosters temperaments, generally? I never wanted a rooster as our chickens free-range, and I never wanted my kids (7 and 10) to worry about being outside with them. The hens are their pets!
     

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