Sexing Buff Orpingtons

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Young MacDonald, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. Namble

    Namble Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2009
    North Florida
    I think the ones with long feathers are females. Because I have 4 BO chicks that are 6 weeks now. But when they were younger it seemed the males seem to grow slower with the feathers for some reason.
  2. LittleMamaBigPapa

    LittleMamaBigPapa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Bellevue, Nebraska
    Quote:This picture is identical to one of my boy's earlier photos. He is so CUTE!!!!!

    Are you going to be able to keep him?
  3. yellowfinns

    yellowfinns Out Of The Brooder

    May 12, 2008
    Quote:We got the chicks to keep a rooster...looks like we'll have 6 to chose from! [​IMG]
  4. Young MacDonald

    Young MacDonald Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    St. Louis, MO
  5. tls_ranch

    tls_ranch Stares at Chickens

    I got 3 (just hatched) splash orpington chicks from breeder. Two were very slow to feather with short wings and stubby tail feathers. One was very quick to feather with really long wings, back and tail feathers. You would think I had at least one pullet for sure. But this happened... I don't think "she" is a pullet at 7 weeks old.. Do you?


    here is a picture of "her" at 3 weeks:


    This is one of "her" brothers at 3 weeks. Note the lack of feathering and short tail.


    The breeder believes that they are all cockerels, because she has never had a pullet with this size of headgear at 7 weeks of age.
    So, I'm pretty bummed. I guess fast feathering is just another hint not 100% no matter what breed.
  6. suzifire

    suzifire Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2011
    Picture #2 is definately a rooster with those short wings
  7. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2010
    South Carolina
    I'm far from an expert either as this is my first year with chicks. I have 10 BO's and was told by the lady I bought them from that females will develop their wing/tail feathers before the cockerels. Out of my ten, 3 developed slower and now at seven and a half weeks it looks like I have three cockerels.
  8. 863michelled

    863michelled New Egg

    Apr 21, 2013
    in rir if they have tail feathers are they female? Also this particular has alot of wing feathers too.
  9. yellowfinns

    yellowfinns Out Of The Brooder

    May 12, 2008
    The longer feathered/tailed ones ended up being the cockerels!
  10. appalachianchic

    appalachianchic Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2013
    Have two buff orpingtons that hatched around July 24th. I was thinking they are girls. But I have witnessed chick 2 mounting the other but only in the evenings when they are penned for the night. There mother did abandon them at 4 weeks so I don't know if that has something to do with it. One hatched a couple days ahead of the other.

    Chick 1 saddle feather neck feather

    Chick 2

    Both of the together

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