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Patience is driving me crazy!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by dansanddogs, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. dansanddogs

    dansanddogs Out Of The Brooder

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    I am trying to figure out if this Buff Orpington is a Hen or Roo and the patience is driving me bonkers! They are 14 weeks old and this one in particular has always looked different than the others. I want a Rooster really bad, but don't want to buy one if the one I have turns out to be one. (Did I mention I am knew to the chicken world....still trying to learn). I have had mixed opinions on the gender but this is a more recent pic. [​IMG]
     
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Cant see the heads of the others, but looking at the leg thickness of the one in the foreground, I think it could be a roo. i seem to be able to seem some spur development (although this is sometimes found on pullets also) which also says roo to me.

    CT
     
  3. dansanddogs

    dansanddogs Out Of The Brooder

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    ill try to post more pics. Thanks!
     
  4. Farrier

    Farrier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a huge comb for 14 weeks, plus I think I see pointy hackle and saddle feathers coming in. For these reasons I'm pretty sure you have a roo.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That's a cockerel.

    Red comb and large comb for the age, Orp hens don't hit maturity this young.

    Taller, upright stance. Legs are still long and gangly in proportion to the body. Your hens at this point are more rounded and feminine looking.

    I'm not seeing much for saddle feathers yet (normal on an Orp cockerel, they can be slow to show themselves as you're seeing) but you can see hackle feathers starting on the neck. Shiny and darker than the base color, pointy.

    Darker shading of reddish/buff on the wings--that's a male trait. Your hens are a soft, even shade over the body.

    Thicker legs--not 100% on it's own, but taken as part of the package, male.
     
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  6. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    I agree with @donrae. Cockeral. Buff Orpingtons are one of the easier breeds to sex, IMO
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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  8. chickens galore

    chickens galore Out Of The Brooder

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    x 6 always a bugger [​IMG]
     
  9. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    That's a cockerel. Pullets wont show color in comb until nearing lay and with Orpingtons that's maybe 10 weeks from now.
     
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Cockerel
     

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