Sexing 9w/o wyandottes and orpingtons

LoreWalker

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It's that time of year 😁
Anyone willing to help (possibly) sex our wyandotte and orpington chicks? They are 9 weeks old currently. I think we have a lot of roosters, but I am a complete novice at raising chicks. So, fingers crossed for some hens! 😅

Starting off with our buff orpingtons:
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And our blue laced (and lone solid black) orpingtons:
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And lastly, our silver laced wyandottes:
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LoreWalker

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@WonkierZulu Thanks! Are buff orpingtons harder to sex at all? I suppose for the blue laced ones it might be easier to spot saddle and rooster tail feathers once they come in than for the buffs?
 

WonkierZulu

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I've only had lavender orpingtons but the cockerels were fairly easy to catch. I have wyandotte they are harder because mine appear just to mature much slower. After about 2-3 months they are obvious.
 

WonkierZulu

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Also the comb is harder on the wyandotte. So I had 10 lavender wyandotte swore there was 3 rooster out of ten. One I was positive I've been practicing vent sexing. The other two I thought were hens out of 10/9 were females! The more I hatch and handle, and watch it seems to get easier.
 

LoreWalker

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@K0k0shka and @SpotTheCat thanks for your replies!

That's a few more possible pullets than I was expecting at this point. I'll take it, haha :lol:
I guess it will still be a waiting game for a bit longer for some of them. I really do hope to end up having at least one (or two!) pullets from each, but it's always a game of chance when hatching eggs.
 

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