Black Australorp or Black Jersey Giant?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by GardeNerd, May 5, 2009.

  1. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had not thought anything about the fact my Black Australorp’s feet are different than the other two until today. Her feet are bright yellow on the bottom. The other two from the same hatchery, one from the same shipment are pinkish white. Should I chalk it up to it being hatchery stock and thus not perfect or do you think she got mixed up from a batch of Black Jersey Giants? I read an old thread that you can tell the difference between the two breeds by the feet. Both chickens have the typical green sheen when the sun hits their feathers just right. They are the same size but two weeks apart in age.

    I picked Black Australorps because they are supposed to be friendly and good layers. I don't know anything about Black Jersey Giants.

    Here is the one I am wondering about #1
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    Here is my other one that is 12 weeks old. #2 There is a third, 10 weeks, that is at the neighbors house and has the same color feet as the 12 week old but I didn't take pics.
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  2. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Yellow underfoot = Jersey Giant
    White Underfoot = Black Australorp
     
  3. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    What about the fact she is from a hatchery? Has anyone else had a hatchery mix up BA and BJGs in the same shipment where no BJGs were ordered?

    I had read on Feathersite.com
    Australorps differ from Black Jersey Giants in that the legs of the Jersey Giant are black (some tending toward willow) and the underparts of the feet are yellow. In Lorps, the legs are black, shading to dark slate in adults, but the underparts of the feet are pinkish white. This works with good show stock, but hatchery stock is more variable and you can't ever be sure unless the birds grow to the size of Giants.

    Or are my chicken's feet just too bright to account for a little variability?

    If she is a BJG, how big will she get in comparison to the Black Australorp and how well do BJGs lay?​
     
  4. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Even with hatchery birds...an Australorp will NOT have yellow soles to their feet.

    That statement is mainly to say that hatchery JG may not all have yellow undersides. Since your birds DO have them, they are Jersey Giants since BA do not have yellow at all.

    I have only had exhibition JG. They did not lay well at all, but were large birds. They were sweet, but not as sweet as my Langshans. The larger a bird, the lower the egg production. It's an inverse relationship. You gotta change one for the other ya know?
     
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  5. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    No wonder my "Australorp" Cockerel is so huge. He is a Jersey Giant.

    HA HA HA HA. Yellow on the undersideof his feet. GO FIGURE. He is HUGE compared to the other 9 week olds. Towers over them.
     
  6. Big dreams

    Big dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read that they lay ok about 180 per year not great but ok.
     
  7. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I hope she lays that well. That is about as good as my Buff Orpington is supposed to lay.
     
  8. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    So are Gardenerd's chickens black australorps or black jersey giants?
     
  9. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    sunny & the 5 egg layers :

    So are Gardenerd's chickens black australorps or black jersey giants?

    I think my chicken was probably a hatchery quality Jersey Giant. I sold her when I downsized my first flock, so I didn't get to see how big she ended up. She had just started laying at the time I sold her, at around 8 months old.​
     
  10. 2overeasy000

    2overeasy000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same question. We bought 4 BA and 2 of them have the bright yellow bottoms of their feet. Does this mean that we actually have JGs?

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    I think they look just like the previous posters pullets that's why I had to ask here?
     

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