Can someone point me to a link where I can study the main differences between Australorps and Orpingtons? I am trying to breed in a new color into Australorps using English Orpingtons and want to make sure that the results don't end up looking more like Orps than Australorps.
Currently I have two cockerels growing up that are Orp-Aus hybrids. Hopefully in 3-4 months I will be able to breed them back to their mother or another black australorp hen to get the new color(s)
I wish you well.
I have tried making a pea combed Australorp, it went fine until f4 when all the combs turned back to single combs. In my case when they started to look like Australorps (body wise and size wise) they gained the comb. I wonder if color would do the same thing.
Good luck though, I love these kind of experiments.