Orpington Experts Please

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tiki244, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I have no pics sorry. This little chickie is probably 6-8 weeks old but is growing a tail, up and curled down. I have never seen this. This is the only sex id on the bird. What i am wondering is, does this mean it is a boy? I am thinking this. Probably will be a real looker when he grows up but I wont be able to keep him. o boy! It is just so strange, the chick is just growing new feathers but the tail seems to be growing more rapidly.
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    By 6 to 8 weeks you should be able to tell by its comb and waddles better....I have had surprises with tail feathers so I'm no expert Iding them that way...
     
  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I am starting to see a little color in the wattles but no size, really not much there
     
  4. 3peeps

    3peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I'm not sure if this will help...with both my chicks and my friend's, the boy's tail feathers came in later than the girls' did. They were just slower to develop. At about three weeks, the girls really had developed feathers on the wings and tails, and the boys still looked "rumpy", i.e., still fuzz there.

    I suppose it's too soon to tell if the saddle feathers are getting pointy?

    I have to part with my rooster as well. It's bittersweet, isn't it! They can be such eye candy.
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    IT has a total of three tail feathers sticking up and down looks kinda funny
     
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If the wattles don't hang down from the face by about a 1/4 inch, you have a girl. Girls' wattles stay tight to the face (in most cases). Even with a little pinking..could just be a faster maturely pullet. I would not go by the tail at this age. Tails are not good sex definers until about 12-14 weeks when the saddles start showing.

    Jody
     
  7. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so can the tail go up or down on both male and female/?
     

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