Black feathers on Buff Orp roo

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ninjapoodles, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    One of the Buff Orpington roosters, about 4.5 months old, that we got from MMH, is starting to show a couple of black feathers in his tail. At first we thought he'd found some grease somewhere, but now it's more obviously entire feathers. Otherwise, he looks just like all the rest of them.

    Is this common? Or even common in hatchery birds?
     
  2. okiemommy

    okiemommy Mother of 5, Prisoner to None

    May 26, 2008
    Okla-Homa
    idk about your buff orp with black feathers, but your inbox is full [​IMG] lol

    Hi!

    et for spelling
     
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2008
  3. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    ACK! What do I do? Uh...going to see. [​IMG]
     
  4. okiemommy

    okiemommy Mother of 5, Prisoner to None

    May 26, 2008
    Okla-Homa
    jus click on each message and then go down and click delete if you don't want it.
     
  5. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    That is quite common with hatchery buffs. Some freckling in the tail feathers is okay. If your not showing and just have a backyard flock he should make you a good rooster. If you are showing or wanting to breed to APA standards you dont want the black.
     
  6. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Quote:Thanks for the response! You know, with our background showing horses and dogs, I won't be surprised if, somewhere down the line, we don't want to show some chickens. And I know that our next purchases of chicks will be from private breeders instead of hatcheries (unless we're just buying frypan specials, or something). I do appreciate the hatchery birds for what they are, though. Good providers, and if we lose some as we're learning, we're not out a huge investment this first year.

    This particular rooster is going to be dumplings in a couple of months, so his tail-feathers aren't of critical importance. [​IMG] I was just curious.
     

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