Blue Orpingtons

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  1. ZephyrWoodsFarm

    ZephyrWoodsFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Starting to look for spring 2011.

    Wanted 11 hens, 1 rooster

    Blue Orpingtons- good quality possibly will get into showing and definitely for 4H

    prefer chicks not eggs.

    any help appreciated.
     
  2. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    English or American type?
     
  3. ZephyrWoodsFarm

    ZephyrWoodsFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    hmmm didn't realize there was both. What is the difference?
     
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Realistically, only American birds should be accepted in an APA show, since it is the American Poultry Association and the guidelines for breed specifics are tied to American birds. [​IMG]
     
  5. ZephyrWoodsFarm

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    so much to learn. I know all about my Minature Horses as we have been showing since 1994 but not much about chickens- YET!!!

    SO I guess it would have to be American? Can all the colors of the Orpingtons be shown??
     
  6. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    The differences vary, English type birds are exactly that, Orpingtons that have been imported from the UK and have then been bred to the English standard here in the US. They can be shown at APA shows, though because the English and American standard differ it'll all depend on what the judge thinks about your bird...

    Here's the English Orpington thread.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=386051

    American Orpingtons are probably easier to come by but by no means aren't just as special. They're big, calm, personable bird.

    Here's the "American" Orpington thread, though you'll find pictures of both types on this thread, too. [​IMG]

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=259995
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yes, all colors can be shown. If you are looking to show an unrecognized variety, you need to show them as AOV. Best wishes in your search.
     
  8. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    Quote:Not necessarily & yes. [​IMG]
     
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    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I would recommend getting a copy of the APA standard of perfection and becoming very familiar with the breed you are looking to work with. Only then can you make a good decision about where to obtain stock and what will do well in a show.
     
  10. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    Yes! Any serious breeder, or anyone who plans on showing in an APA sanctioned event MUST have a copy of the SOP!

    Mine is in color. [​IMG]
     

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