Need help, male or female?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by tcoli0546k, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. tcoli0546k

    tcoli0546k New Egg

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    We have 2 beautiful and loving orpingtons and would like to know the sex. we are in the market for around 5 to six more but want to make sure we have only females. any help would be great! thanks[​IMG]

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  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    How old are they, and where did you get them? The red and white one is not an Orpington. It looks more like a Red Star (also called Red Sex-Link). The other one could be a Splash Orpington, and, if younger than twelve weeks or so, I think you have a rooster. It just have a very large red comb, thick legs, and roosterish stance.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Sorry, neither of those birds are Orpingtons. I agree, knowing where you got them (basically, did they come from a hatchery or private breeder) and how old they are will help figure out what they are. The red/white one has the basic coloring of a sex link hen, but the coloring is off and it looks like a mixed breed. The white bird looks male, and either a mixed breed or one of the layer hybrids I'm not familiar with.
     
  4. tcoli0546k

    tcoli0546k New Egg

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    Thanks for the input! Ill take all the help I can get. These two came from a local farm, ( my wife took my daughter and surprised me when I got home with the two chicken.) I have always wanted to raise chickens and look forward to taking care of many more. We just built a 4/8 coop and are about to create a 20/10 run off of that. The owner of the farm said they were buff orpington and was not sure of the age. A couple weeks on the farm and now 3 at my home. Once the new coop and pen are in place how do you suggest matching breeds and where to buy from. Should I wait to take the white on back or just pull the trigger and take him back.
     
  5. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are Red SLs, and you can see their number one feature at action: gender easily ID'ed by color. Males are mainly white, while females are mainly red/orange. You have a pair.
     
  6. chikinluvr12

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    looks like a hen. Feel the sides of legs. There are tiny little nubs if its a cock
     
  7. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

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    Both sexes have the spur bumps.
     
  8. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:All chickens have spur bumps, regardless of gender. Eventually males tend to develop bigger ones, but that's after a year or so of life. There will be other more obvious signs of male-ness first.
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    All chickens have spur bumps. A cock only grow recognizable spurs when it is seven months old or older. Up until then, its legs look like that of a hens.
     
  10. chesterbarton78

    chesterbarton78 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would say all cockerels
     

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