Newbie alert! Gold laced Orpington help please!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Highforest, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. Highforest

    Highforest New Egg

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    Pullets or cock birds?? Very new to Orpingtons, these are 9 weeks old. Any guidance would be great thank-you x
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Bird on the left looks like a pullet.
    Bird on the right looks like a cockerel.

    Bird in the middle......looks in the middle [​IMG]. Can we get a better pic of it?

    and how sure are you on age? They look older to me.....
     
  3. AustralorpsAU

    AustralorpsAU Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree. Need better pic of middle bird. Did you hatch them yourself?
     
  4. Highforest

    Highforest New Egg

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    Hi yes hatched them my self from my own birds. Will double check age later but they have certainly done well! I've never hatched Orpingtons before and was expecting the cock birds to start getting hackle feathers by now? I've got them entered for a poultry auction so need to sex them correctly! Will attempt to get more pics today. Huge thanks[​IMG]
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    OH keep the pullet on the left, she is beautiful and so nicely marked. I too agree the one on the right is a cockerel. Undecided about middle bird
     
  6. Highforest

    Highforest New Egg

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    [​IMG]Hatched 9th August
     
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  7. caw555

    caw555 Out Of The Brooder

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    Agreed!!!
    Gold laced Orpington's are news to me. I really need to keep up with the breed's[​IMG]
     
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  8. Highforest

    Highforest New Egg

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    So pullet for this nicely marked one?? God I'm rubbish with these!![​IMG]
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    9 weeks is too young for sex feathers, especially in a slower maturing breed like an Orpington.

    What are your goals for these birds? Are you planning on keeping some for breeding stock, plan on keeping any males?

    with a breed like this, slower to mature and laced to boot, I'd wait a bit before I culled anyone. Unless you seriously need the space, etc, I'd wait until around 6 months and see who has the best type and lacing.


    Honestly, I'm torn on gender. I though that first bird was a definite pullet, but in the second set of pics I'm getting a cockerel vibe from all of them [​IMG]
     
  10. Highforest

    Highforest New Egg

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    I've got them all entered for a rare breed auction on Saturday as they were just a project to be honest. I've got some younger birds as well which are going and they seem to be easier to sex being younger? Thank-you for your input I'm glad I'm not the only one a but confused!![​IMG]
     

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