Need help sexing my 5 week old buffs

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Marme, May 20, 2016.

  1. Marme

    Marme Just Hatched

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    When they were two weeks old two had long wings and long tail feathers and the third had no tail and short wings. I was guessing two pullets and one cockerel based on that. Now I'm thinking I might have two Cockerels and one pullet? I can only keep hens so I'll be depressed if they are all Roos =( Can anyone help me?[​IMG][/IMG][/IMG]
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Are these orpingtons?? If so, based solely on how much red is in the comb already, I'd think #3 was a cockerel. Of course I've only raised one BO from chickhood, and I don't think her comb turned red until about 8-10 weeks. Your other two have much more distinct combs that my girl had at such an early age, but at least they don't look red yet.

    I think you're going to have to wait a few more weeks before you know for sure on any of them...
     
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  3. Honora

    Honora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to say they all look like boys to me.
     
  4. littlegreywolf

    littlegreywolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look like cockerels. :(
     
  5. spotter

    spotter Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh very sorry to say but I have one the same age with a barely visible pale yellow comb and no wattles at all - I'm assuming she's a pullet which means yours may well be Roos :(
     
  6. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with everyone else above, cockerels.

    Here are 2 BO pullets at 12 weeks of age:

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  7. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And here at 6 weeks, same birds as above:

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  8. Marme

    Marme Just Hatched

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    [​IMG] #1
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    Ok guys, here they are at 14 weeks. Still not sure about two of them but I'm pretty darn sure #3 is a rooster. He's huge compared to the other two and has the biggest comb, thickest legs and more masculine looking head to me. I'm still holding out hope that #1 is a hen. She has the comb and wattles but they are smaller than the other two and her head is much more petite. #2 I still am not sure about, but I'm thinking rooster. I'm assuming I just won't know until they either crow or lay.... I need to know soon so I can rehome the roosters. My neighbors won't appreciate crowing! That and I'm sure my other three girls wouldn't appreciate being accosted by three boys! Thoughts?
     
  9. Busia77

    Busia77 Out Of The Brooder

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    My 12 week BO's all look like your pic above. All 5 of mine are cockerels and have been crowing. I didnt get a single hen either.
     
  10. Marme

    Marme Just Hatched

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    I'm definitely frustrated because I got three hoping I'd at least get one buff hen to add to my other three hens... The friendliest one also seems like the most likely to be a hen... So I'm hoping if I hold on to her she won't disappoint me and start crowing. The other two I'm sure are boys. They are nice looking chickens but I just can't keep them in a residential area. Plus my girls would never be left alone if I kept this many roosters anyways! Soooo disappointed...
     

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