BBS Orps - how do you know which ones to cull?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by needmorechickens!, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    My large fowl bbs orps are grown to the point that I need to cull some roos from the flock...what are some of the things I should look for in the keepers?

    I have one of each color (blue, black and splash)... if you could only keep two, which ones would you keep?

    With a blue, is it better to keep a lighter blue or a darker one?

    And legs...I think shorter legs are better, right?

    Do I need to get some pics for you to help me?

    ~Rebecca [​IMG]
     
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Who is the nicest looking? Who has the better comb? Those are things that need to be looked for. I also would go with temperament as well, as you don't want to be keeping a nasty, mean roo. [​IMG]
     
  3. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    Oh yeah, the comb...I forgot about that!
    ~Rebecca
     
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Pics would be great.
     
  5. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

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    A broad head. 5 to 6 points on comb. Thick legs. Dark eyes . I look for depth in body from top to bottom. I particular about short back. I know the American Standards allow for longer back. I like a rump to look fluffy and mounded like a cochin if possible.
    Pictures would be great.
     
  6. Majestic Lane Poultry

    Majestic Lane Poultry Heart Strings Animal Rehoming

    Feb 9, 2009
    Pictures please. If you keep one that is too long in the leg. Make sure to breed it with your best hen with stumpy legs. Also make sure the ones you keep do not have a split tail.
     
  7. emmalynn

    emmalynn Silkies Sebbies OEGBs

    Oct 16, 2008
    Middle TN
    I have this question too. Here are pictures of my buff roo. I think he is wonderful but would love an experienced opinion. His name is Colonel Sanders and he has a wonderful temperment. You can pick him up and he eats out of my hand.

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  8. hippichick

    hippichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Branch, La
    I am very interested in this thread also. Mine are still young-about 4 1/2 months, but I am curious. Not trying to hijack, but I have a blue hen with green eyes instead of black. If I breed her to a roo with black eyes, what will be the outcome?

    Paula
     
  9. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

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    You can get the eye color right by breeding to the dark eyes. If she is very good other ways I would keep her for breeding.
    The color on the the above buff Orp is very good.
     
  10. emmalynn

    emmalynn Silkies Sebbies OEGBs

    Oct 16, 2008
    Middle TN
    But.....

    He does have 2 legs though the picture doesn't show it and he hatched in May 08
     
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