Blue or Black Orpington?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by tiffanyh, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    Hi all,
    Well I have already checked with the top expert on this (speckled hen) and got her vote, but I wanted to check to see with any other Blue/Black Orpington people to see if this hen would be considered black or blue--if blue, I know she is quite dark. She is 13 weeks old or so. Her head is dark and her feather lighten up as you head down. She has a velvet-y sheen to her, although I guess that could change as she molts.

    The only reason I actually care enough to check is because we have a large argicultural fair every year in my home town and next year she asked that I enter her!! I think she is quite the looker, but I need to know what to write on her entry card!! [​IMG]

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    I even included a bum shot for you!!! Thanks in advance everyone!
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2007

  2. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    Heres a couple more....

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    Thanks again guys....
     
  3. peeps7

    peeps7 Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    Looks blue to me.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Tiff, I found this picture of Velvet at 12 weeks old. I know there are all shades of blue, though, and yours is just like my cockerel that everyone had such a hard time deciding about his color:
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  5. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    Im no expert yet lol. I think she looks blue!
     
  6. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    Looks blue to me too !!

    When I see black I expect it to be shiny dark dark black with maybe a greenish overlay....lol, you can tell I have austrolorps.

    I have a blue orp , a blue cochin and blrw.... you can't go wrong with blue........ [​IMG]

    Julie
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Hmmm. I want to say blue too. But what do I know about blues? Not much.
     

  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    How about a black laced blue orpington?

    That would be a new variation, would it not? [​IMG]
     
  9. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    I would say blue. Black would have a green sheen to it, like Julie already said. She's pretty [​IMG]
     
  10. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    Black Laced Blue seems really appropriate! She has got me guessing! And she is huge. Bigger than my brahma mix that hatched a week prior! Have you guys had that experience with your orps?

    Thank you Cynthia for sending the standards link. I have been looking for something like that on the internet with little luck. I added it to my favorites!
     
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