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Lavender Orpingtons/choosing the best cock?

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I hope this is the right place for this. I could really use some opinions on which of these 5 Lavender Orpington cockerels I should keep as my breeder. They where hatched in spring this year and one is a few weeks younger than the others (I am not sure which). Orange band has already slipped his band somehow so I may need to catch and re-band him and retake his and no-bands pictures in order to tell them apart :p

Blue band front

Blue band side

Blue/orange band front

Blue/orange band side

Blue/Orange band side 2

No band front

No band side

Orange band side

Orange band side 2 (couldn't get a front for him as he's always running away lol)

White band side ( this guys crow is suuuuper annoying)

White band front

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Or if somebody could point out any obvious flaws that would be awesome!

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Okay, keep in mind I'm not an Orpington breeder, and I don't own a SOP. So I don't know things like how many points they're supposed to have on the comb, etc. I'm just going by eye appeal, and what looks to be a balanced bird, and what I've seen of good quality Orpingtons.

 

I think most of your birds have too high a tail set. Orpingtons are supposed to be rounded, and your boys all have tails that stick up pretty high.

 

for overall look, I like Orange band. I'd like to see a front shot of him, but he looks a bit more substantial than the other birds. He does seem a bit longer backed, though, and I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not with this breed. He also looks to carry his wings a bit lower...again, I'm not sure which is desirable for this breed. If you have a SOP you can look and see which are more desirable.

 

I'm hoping some Orpington breeders chime in, I always like hearing good, educated critiques of birds like this.  

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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