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Orpington hen or roo? When will I know?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by BJ, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. BJ

    BJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered pullets, but the box was marked "straight run"...UGH! The hatchery assured me they were pullets and the wrong sticker was pulled to mark the box.

    When will I be able to tell FOR SURE? and how? do I watch for pointed tail feathers? When is the EARLIEST I will be able to tell??
     
  2. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Oh...I never heard about the pointed tail feathers...but I ordered 11 girls and 1 boy. They are now 4 weeks old and there is one whose comb is redder than the others and he's getting waddles. Have to assume it's the roo...so give it 4 weeks maybe?
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    My orp roo has also got a bigger comb then the others. They are only two weeks old.
     
  4. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
  5. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Great pics!! That's exactly what mine looks like at 4 weeks!!!
     

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