Stumped by Lavender Orpington

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Curlyginger, Jul 20, 2019.

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  1. Curlyginger

    Curlyginger Songster

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    Hello!

    Back in March I received three 6 week old pullets, including a lavender orpington. They are are now about 22 weeks old, and two of the three are laying, except for the lavender orpington (named Violet). Now, I know it’s still early and that orpingtons can lay a bit later. However, I’m a bit stumped as to whether or not this pullet may be a cockerel. Comb and wattle are not very large or very red, but there are a few suspicious tail feathers. AND - Violet has taken to crowing at 5 a.m. Four or five times in a row and then not again until the next morning. But, Violet’s appearance does not scream rooster to me. And she (he?) hasn’t made any overtures towards the other hens.

    So - a cockerel or just a weird pullet? Can anyone take a look at some photos I took and take a shot at this one? Thanks in advance!
     

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  2. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Crossing the Road

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    Pullet
     
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  3. Curlyginger

    Curlyginger Songster

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    I really wish she’d stop crowing then.
     
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  4. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz Free Ranging

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    I agree, it's a pullet :)
     
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  5. Curlyginger

    Curlyginger Songster

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    Hopefully she’ll start laying soon and prove us all right.
     
  6. LizzzyJo

    LizzzyJo Songster

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    I have a lavender that did the same thing! Both of mine were very late layers and one crowed. She also developed large facial features. Once I got a rooster, she stopped crowing, now she's just a happy member of the pack :idunno
     
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  7. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    Agree, totally a pullet.
    Are you sure she's crowing and not practicing the egg song? or that its an alarm call?
    Saddle Feathers.jpg
     
  8. cluckmecoop7

    cluckmecoop7 Crowing

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    I agree, pullet.
     
  9. Scottiemom

    Scottiemom Songster

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    I agree with pullet. I had a lavender roo and he definitely wasn't as "rounded" and even as a cockerel, he had some lovely, long sickle feathers.
     
  10. homeschoolin momma

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    If you only have hens, then occassionally one will take up the "rooster mantle" so to speak and will crow, although not as load as a male. They are usually the more dominant and watchful of the flock. As long as its only 4 or 5 times and she stops, count yourself lucky. Good luck, she really is a pretty gal!
     

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