Blue/Black/Splash Orpingtons "Am I right???"

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by curranchickens, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. curranchickens

    curranchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, please help me out. I have some Blue/Black/Splash Orpington chicks. I have guesses as to if they are roos or pullets but am a newbee so I wanted to get some more opinions. Thanks!

    This is a 10 week old Splash Orpington... I am guessing pullet....
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    This is a 10 week old Blue Orpington... I am guessing roo?
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    This is a 6 week old Splash Orpington... I am guessing pullet
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    This is a 6 week old Black Orpington... I am guessing roo?
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    This is a 6 week old Dark Blue Orpington... I am guessing another roo?
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  2. maybejoey

    maybejoey got chickenidous?

    All lokk like hens except for third one.[​IMG] Dont know breeds.
     
  3. Dewsetter

    Dewsetter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sorry I can not help you out on the breeds but I think your guesses regarding gender appear quite accurate Curranchickens. The only one I would possible consider could be wrong would be the last one but due to it's lack of tail I think you are probably correct on all counts. I am far from an expert so hopefully someone with more experience will give you their opinion soon. Good luck.
     
  4. curranchickens

    curranchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I know what the breed is... they are all blue/black/splash orpingtons... I just need to verify the sex....
     
  5. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you are right. In the next few weeks the cockerels tails should start coming in and then you will know for sure. No attempts at crowing yet?? Beautiful birds. Have you decided which Roo to keep?
     
  6. curranchickens

    curranchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think I am going to keep the 10 week old Blue Orpington. Then again, I may just make another pen and separate them and keep two of them. As far as crowing, I live in a log house (as seen in the pictures) and it is pretty well soundproof. I have not heard anything but then again, I really dont hear much from inside the house...
     
  7. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think I am going to keep the 10 week old Blue Orpington. Then again, I may just make another pen and separate them and keep two of them. As far as crowing, I live in a log house (as seen in the pictures) and it is pretty well soundproof. I have not heard anything but then again, I really dont hear much from inside the house...

    Very Cool. I hatched Blue/black/splash Plymouth Rocks last Easter. It took awhile but I finally narrowed my Roos down to 2 also, A blue one and a splash one. I wanted to keep 2 also....just in case something happened to one. Currently they are both in with my 6 hens and no problems yet. But keeping a close eye on them.

    So, IF we are right and both of your splashes are pullets + you keep a blue roo = 50% blue and 50% splash offspring. Personally the sound of crowing Roos doesn't bother me in the least. I have 8 Crowing in 4 different pens at the moment. 3 are waiting for freezer camp, when I get around to it. In my neighborhood the Lots are a little over an acre, and no complaining from my neighbors yet.

    Here is the expected colors for breeding blue/black/splash. If you already know this....sorry.

    Splash X Black = 100% Blue
    Splash X Blue = 50% Blue, 50% Splash
    Black X Blue = 50% Blue, 50% Black
    Blue X Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black, 25% Splash
    Splash X Splash = 100% Splash
    Black X Black = 100% Black

    Good Luck with your Beauties!!
     
  8. curranchickens

    curranchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think I am going to keep the 10 week old Blue Orpington. Then again, I may just make another pen and separate them and keep two of them. As far as crowing, I live in a log house (as seen in the pictures) and it is pretty well soundproof. I have not heard anything but then again, I really dont hear much from inside the house...

    Very Cool. I hatched Blue/black/splash Plymouth Rocks last Easter. It took awhile but I finally narrowed my Roos down to 2 also, A blue one and a splash one. I wanted to keep 2 also....just in case something happened to one. Currently they are both in with my 6 hens and no problems yet. But keeping a close eye on them.

    So, IF we are right and both of your splashes are pullets + you keep a blue roo = 50% blue and 50% splash offspring. Personally the sound of crowing Roos doesn't bother me in the least. I have 8 Crowing in 4 different pens at the moment. 3 are waiting for freezer camp, when I get around to it. In my neighborhood the Lots are a little over an acre, and no complaining from my neighbors yet.

    Here is the expected colors for breeding blue/black/splash. If you already know this....sorry.

    Splash X Black = 100% Blue
    Splash X Blue = 50% Blue, 50% Splash
    Black X Blue = 50% Blue, 50% Black
    Blue X Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black, 25% Splash
    Splash X Splash = 100% Splash
    Black X Black = 100% Black

    Good Luck with your Beauties!!

    I am aware of the breeding chart above... I am going to use it when I make my final decisions as to who to keep. This is my first experience with chickens! When choosing a breed, I picked the blue orpingtons because they are very friendly docile chickens and I thought the color variations would add alot of extra excitement at hatching. It is like having three chicken breeds in one! I got these five from a moderator on here. She is putting more eggs in the incubator Saturday for me... Fingers crossed! I am hoping to get enough chickens out of this next hatch to add to these five so that next year I can hatch my own babies!

    I would actually LOVE to hear the chickens crow!!! I live on five acres and all the lots around me are 5 to 10 acres. I only have 1 neighbor that is even close enough to hear a chicken and their house is about a good acre away from the chicken coop. I would not know if they complain or not because in the whole three years I have lived here, I have only spoken to them one time. I have not even met any other neighbors. The one time I spoke to that neighbor, she said she had lived here for 8 years and I am the first neighbor she has ever met. My "neighborhood" really keeps to themselves.
     
  9. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A log cabin in the middle of 5 acres!! Could life get more perfect?? [​IMG]

    I had to laugh at the chicks incubating for you......That Chicken Math happens fast!!
     
  10. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    1st...pullet
    2nd...roo
    3rd...pullet
    4th...roo
    5th...pullet
    if you compare the 4 and 5 pics you can see the difference in their combs and wattles im guessing you have 3 pullets and 2 roos in that bunch. i know theres not a big difference but there is one [​IMG]
     

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