Ahhh okay, that makes sense then! It could really be either, I don't know much about either breed so sorry if I'm wrong! I'll have to get a picture of mine which youre right, they do seem a bit dull thinking of it, but in the sunlight they have a beautiful green sheen. And LOL that's how I'd do it my Australorps are my biggest chickens or at least heaviest, my Barred Rock is close in size and maybe just broader than them, my Easter Eggers are next in size the surprisingly the Orpingtons are last and are the smallest ones but one is catching up
There is very little difference between hatchery Australorps and Jersey Giants. Both are about the same size. Both are the same black, with the same sheen. Both have dark slate legs. The only real difference is the skin color, which is best seen on the bottoms of the feet. Australorps have white skin. Giants have yellow.
It seems it's that way with a lot of breeds, that the hatchery versions are either the same or not the breed claimed! Kind of a shame but I guess that's what happens with large scale breeding! Guess it'd be equivalent to a puppy mill?? Though some hatcheries are much nicer than a mill but hopefully you see my point. But ANYWAY. Without getting too off topic, thank you for the clarification! I've never been able to look at the bottoms of my chickens feet so I will have to try to catch them but I'm pretty sure mine are Australorps. I ordered them so they better be but I ordered mine from Meyer and someone said that theirs straight up had yellow legs and were clesrly JGs and that mine (when I got them and posted pics) were slate so looks like they gave me the right breed so I assumed they did. Will look at the bottoms of the feet though. But I know the question is more on what gpeters is and I'd be really curious to know
@gpeters3 i coulda been wrong. Check the feet and get back to us, now very curious!