Sexing 5 week old Orpingtons - PICS ADDED

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MydearWatson, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. MydearWatson

    MydearWatson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to try and sex my Orps as soon as possible since the breeder has agreed to take them if there are any Roos. If I have to part with any, I want to do it sooner rather than later, Im seriously attached to those little babies!!

    My question is, when trying to sex Orps, which is most important" Comb size/color, wattle size/color, leg size, feathering speed, behaviour (more afraid vs. seeks out trouble, more agressive, etc)...

    Thanks for your help!
     
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  2. Schwartzfarmnc

    Schwartzfarmnc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:IMO all the above. You've hit on the majority of things we all look at to determine, picture quality would be another when submitting for others to weigh in, if you have some in question we'll be glad to make our best guess.
     
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  3. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can you post pics of them we can usually tell by 5-6 weeks.we go by comb size an feathering
     
  4. MydearWatson

    MydearWatson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the offers to help!!

    I have three orps, one Blue, two Black. The Black one in the center is small and I am almost positive shes a hen. The other two I have my suspicions.

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    My Blue is feathering exactly like my suspected hen, same pace, same places, everything. But then there are the wattles and comb... they aren't as red as they look in the pic. They are more of a pinkish-orange. they are bigger and more round now (this pic was a few days ago). It's mother was very large and this one is my biggest. It spars often with my larger Black but often loses and is quite a scardy-cat.
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    My Black is my most dominant and confident chicken. It is feathering much slower than the other two Orps.

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    And like I said, I am pretty confident the third Orp is a hen. Right now she has a tiny blackish comb and the very beginnings of wattles, which I dont have a pic of.


    The Orps are the three to the right:
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    Thank you SO much for your help.
     
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  5. confusedturtle

    confusedturtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Curious about this as well...I am possibly going to pick up a buff orp from a lady in my area but she is not quite sure of the sex, I'd love to know what I should be looking for so I can avoid getting a roo [​IMG]
     
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  6. MydearWatson

    MydearWatson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am really curious too! [​IMG] I posted pics a while ago on the Raising Chicks thread and everyone said the Blue is a roo. But I'm holding out hope that it isn't because I've heard lots of stories about girls with big wattles and combs. I'm hoping to get some Orp experts to weigh in. [​IMG]
     
  7. tntblake

    tntblake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm definitely no expert but I see 2 roos. The blue looks like a roo and so does the black.
     
  8. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    I saw this thread and can totally relate... I am seriously attached too ~ my little "sisters" are 3 week old Orpingtons.
    If anyone has seen chicks mature this differently and still actually both be hens, please let me know to give me hope [​IMG]
    My favorite spoiled little Beauty may be a Beauford [​IMG] I knew there was a chance for a roo or two, but didn't want it to be my favorite!
    On a good note, each of ours are really great [​IMG]

    Beauty:
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    The little sister, Blackie for comparison:
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  9. Live Oak Farms 01

    Live Oak Farms 01 Out Of The Brooder

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    Beauty- Gonna have to say roo.
    Blackie- Pullet.

    In the first set of pics-
    The first Orp in the first pic looks roo-ish to me.
    All of the rest look like pullets to me.

    Good luck![​IMG]
     
  10. Schwartzfarmnc

    Schwartzfarmnc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like you've got 1 roo and couple of pullets.
     

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