I posted these pics on another thread, but thought I'd ask some of my orp friends for their opinions. I have some lav males & am trying to decide who stays & who goes. It's hard when they follow me around, don't harass the hens, and rarely crow. "Mr Nice Guy" stuck around because I simply thought he was "nice". He's not wonderful, or super, or gorgeous - just nice. So far no problems. Once he was BIG enough to offer some flock protection, I got rid of my former lav rooster. (The former guy was extra tall ... up to my hip when standing tall ... but looked too thin. I like the round look.) My lavs started out with a 50/50 mix of American & English Orpington bloodlines. i've been adding more 100% black orps to them over the years. @homeschoolin momma gave me one of her 100% English lav orp cockerels to add some genetic diversity to my flock. That boy has a good-looking, rounded shape, but sadly a "wonky" comb. He's here for now as a back up - just in case Wonky's comb improves a little. Lastly, a few hens went broody, so there's a lav cockerel from my Aug 10th hatch and another ? gender lav from my Sept 10th hatch. Both are still with their mommy's, so I can't tell much about their personalities yet. Mr Nice Guy - so far my #1 Wonky (his good side) And these pics show why he's named "Wonky"..... but don't you just love how he follows me around. I adore it when he cocks his head to the side like he's trying to understand my words. Here's Mr August (Still just a baby really) He'll be 10 wks on Sat. The chicks are way bigger than their bantam orp mama (aka "Cookie"), but she still mothers them. Perhaps these chicks will stay with her and help her incubate her next hatch. LOL September Hatch: Two black and one lav are an obvious females. The other ? lav might be a slow-maturing male. So now it's my turn to ask for gender predictions: 5 weeks + 2 days old now The ? lav has small colorless comb/wattles. I would normally think female, but there's also slower feather growth and a round muscular body. 3 siblings all look female, so this is the only one that has a chance of being male. If it's a big female, then all 4 chicks are female. lav in back is ? ? lav is in back on right Again ? lav is on right. Notice how the other 3 also have more tail. There's a definite difference on how their developing which is really my only reason for thinking it may be male.