Need To Make Sure

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by newbie32, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    14 weeks I think-or 15 weeks. Buff Orpington-obviously. I am still not convinced this is a girl. It is the tail feathers that have me confused. They curl-like a roo. Female or no?

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  2. reckless

    reckless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not super educated on BOs but she looks like a girl to me.

    I have a Red Sex Link hen, Teasel, with tail feathers like that.

    Some of her tail feathers even looked pointy during her first molt. This is an older pic but look at her tail.
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    Far right, with the watermark over her. You can see the tail best here, but also a slightly older pic.
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    Here's a newer pic of Teasel, she's not holding the tail as high as she usually does in this pic, but it still looks very similar to your BO's. And she's for sure a girl. She even has a pretty tall stance compared to the other RSLs too. Guess she's just boyish? :p
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    Even my silkie hen, Gracey, has tail feathers like that actually! (And yes, she lays eggs, I've watched her do it!) Thought she was a boy for quite a while 'cause of it.
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  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    BOs are notoriously hard to sex as they can be very slow maturing. The comb/wattle development looks female to me, but I am concerned about all the feathers hanging down in the saddle area. Any way to get a photo that clearly shows the bird from the side, or can you tell me if the feathers on the neck are rounded or pointed?
     
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

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    I enlarged the photo and zoomed in. The saddle feathers look pointed ETA: Rounded.. I did not mean pointed. I think she is a she and is just going through an awkward stage. I've had this happen to pullets a few times.

    I do think it's a girl. I have never once had a cockerel with such little wattle development at that age.
     
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  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I think that she's a pullet. A male would probably have a redder, larger comb.
     
  6. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay I feel better. Thanks everyone!
     

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