Trouble sexing black orpington cross chicks

Hensforbrains

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I recently got 4 chicks from a family member. Their dad was a purebreed black orpington and the mother was as much of a mixed breed as you can get. I have heard that sexing orpingtons is very difficult so I need some help with these. I was told that half the chicks had that hatched in that clutch were definate roosters and had already been culled and these 4 were ones he thought were probably pullets but im not sure. I intend to wait until they crow or lay but thought i may as well ask as well. I was told they should be about 7 weeks old but most chicks i have had before have feathered more by then but i have never had orpingtons.
 

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Ryguy3684

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I've hatched a lot of Buff Orpingtons and the comb/wattle size/color difference is all but a guarantee in sexing them. It depends on how old they are, but I only see one pullet. I couldn't keep the pictures straight on which birds were which, though. I would still keep them until crow or lay, because there's an exception to every rule. Fingers crossed.
 

Hensforbrains

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Sep 24, 2017
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The size difference in the comb is a big factor with Orpingtons more than the color
Thanks. I'm fairly sure the one with thet tiny comb is a pullet. I was told they should be 7 - 8 weeks old. There are two factors that make me less sure about the genders and that is the mothers genes could be just about anything (although the black orpington traits look fairly dominant to me) and I have no idea what the other "definate" roosters from this clutch looked like
 

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