In the Brooder
- Apr 4, 2016
I've raised these blue and lavender Orpingtons for nearly a year now and I'm starting to wonder if they are both truly hens? Can some of you more experienced flockers help me out? Thanks in advance!!!
Gorgeous boys!!!Here is a photo of a lavender English Orpington cockeral at almost a year old to show some differences. This is one of our birds, he was also a very late bloomer.
See the longer arching tail feathers those are called sickle feathers and are male specific. If you look closely, though it's harder to see in lavender boys sometimes, you can see just in front of his tail are his saddle feathers. These are pointy shiny feathers that sweep sideways across their backs.
Their hackle feathers are up around the neck but may extend all the way down to their shoulders. In solid color birds like this lavender they will be the same color as the saddle feathers and also be shiny.
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In the below photo of my silver duckwing old English game bantam rooster you can clearly see his white pointy saddle feathers.
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Chickendreams24, oops! Pullets! I recently saw pictures of other Orpington pullets and thought my girls' wattles looked larger than the others. Thank you so much for the example photos and for explaining the feathers! I have so much to learn!
Your boys are so handsome!