Russian Orloff pullet or cockerel?

MaryZoe

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I am soooo over roosters at the moment. I was hoping that one of my two Russian Orloff juvys might be a pullet. Any guesses?
This first 5 photos are the one I am holding out hope for. The second five shots I’m pretty sure is a roo.

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MaryZoe

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My hope for the first one is that its hackle feathers look rounded to me. Though it also might have some saddle feathers developing. I was soooo hoping for a couple, at least.
 

sourland

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My hope for the first one is that its hackle feathers look rounded to me. Though it also might have some saddle feathers developing. I was soooo hoping for a couple, at least.

They are a bit young for male specific feathering. I made my 'guess' on conformation and stance which at this point can be misleading.
 

JedJackson

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Orloffs must be slow to develop, because these look younger than 9 to 10 weeks to me. Some close ups of the combs and wattles would help.

My gut reaction is that the first one is a cockerel and the second may be a pullet. But that's just a first impression. I think you would do best to wait a couple more weeks before trying again. In the mean time, watch comb size and redness. Big & red usually means a cockerel.
 

MaryZoe

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Both look like cockerels? Anyone want them? Argh!
If they are both cockerels, that means that the latest "straight run" batch of a dozen rare breeds I bought from a Greenfire auction resulted in 10 cockerels and only 2 pullets. When I confronted them with the statistically improbable ratio of cockerels to pullets they became incensed and suggested I was accusing them of lying (they said they have no way of sexing their chicks). I've won 4 auctions from them and every shipment has been cockerel heavy--from 4 pullets to 8 cockerels to this one with just 2 pullets. Seems odd, no?
On the other hand, the eggs I bought from them resulted in 50/50 ratios, as we would expect. Grrrr….
 

MaryZoe

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Orloffs must be slow to develop, because these look younger than 9 to 10 weeks to me. Some close ups of the combs and wattles would help.

My gut reaction is that the first one is a cockerel and the second may be a pullet. But that's just a first impression. I think you would do best to wait a couple more weeks before trying again. In the mean time, watch comb size and redness. Big & red usually means a cockerel.
If either is a pullet, I will be happy. They're quite flighty, so it's hard to get near them. Their combs are also somewhat flattish, but definitely pink. My fingers are crossed.
 

JedJackson

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Both look like cockerels? Anyone want them? Argh!
If they are both cockerels, that means that the latest "straight run" batch of a dozen rare breeds I bought from a Greenfire auction resulted in 10 cockerels and only 2 pullets. When I confronted them with the statistically improbable ratio of cockerels to pullets they became incensed and suggested I was accusing them of lying (they said they have no way of sexing their chicks). I've won 4 auctions from them and every shipment has been cockerel heavy--from 4 pullets to 8 cockerels to this one with just 2 pullets. Seems odd, no?
On the other hand, the eggs I bought from them resulted in 50/50 ratios, as we would expect. Grrrr….
It does seem suspiciously odd. And they do sex many of their breeds, so I don't know why they would say they have no way of doing it.
 

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