Buff Orpington mix?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Lora Indy, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Lora Indy

    Lora Indy Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 29, 2012

    A little backround...
    I grew up raising both Bo's and BPR's. We had large flocks of what would now be heritage birds. I'm finally at a point in life where I can have my own flock so this June I ordered 25 Buff Orpingtons from a hatchery. I had no idea how poor the quality was going to be!
    There are 4 that seem to be bantam size but started laying eggs at 16 weeks.I think they have not missed a day laying since they started. As the larger birds have started laying it's been a real variety,brown eggs with chocolate spots,white spots, all shades of brown. Until the other day when this showed up in the nest box.


    Yes, that is a white egg. I could tell that something was up with the chicks by the time they were 2 months old, they just didn't look right for BO's. Tail feathers started coming in with black, more than just a little.

    The flash is washing out the color but there is a pattern there of black with a gold edge.

    I think this one is the white egg layer.

    So, any ideas as to what mix this is? The bone structure is much thinner and lighter than a BO, they lay early and often, forage well and are quite friendly. Thanks, Lora
  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    lol that's most but not all hatchery birds
  3. Lora Indy

    Lora Indy Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 29, 2012
    Let's see if I can show a close up photo.


    Yes, that is a white ear. Several others are starting to color that way as well.
  4. lauriemae15

    lauriemae15 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2012
    South Dakota
    I don't know what they are, but they are very pretty and fluffy! [​IMG]
  5. Lora Indy

    Lora Indy Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 29, 2012
    Yes, now I know better.[​IMG]

    lauriemae, yes, they are fluffy, they are all fluff! There is a very small chicken inside that golden down coat.
  6. micareli

    micareli Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2012
    i bought some st runs of buff's, and Cukoo marans, after getting rid of all of the Roos ( we thought) .... we have a BO roos to develop late and then even later...... a we not sure what he is beyond HE...... has a long tail feather span like a ring tailed Pheasant runs like a road runner..... if i can i will get a pic of him of, he has the dark red/blackish tail span, mostly white body and oragny patches on back....... anyone got a clue what I have
  7. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 14, 2011
    those look just like the buff orp pullet my parents got from ideal hatchery and it is completely normal for them to look like that. the egg is missing its coloring but again something that is normal in hatchery birds as is the ear lobe coloring. she is % buff orp from a hatchery
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I agree, those are hatchery quality orpingtons. The darker tail feathers is a common fault.

    Reading your description and seeing the white egg, I was thinking maybe you had a buff mincora or something similar thrown in, I've seen that before. But with a decent eye you'd be able to spot a mincora vs an orpington..........way different body and larger white earlobes.

    I'd just wait and see if you have consistent white eggs. I think it's just a fluke, some times a hen forgets to put the shell on altogether, I don't see why one couldn't forget to put the color coat on. That's not really a white earlobe in the pic.

    Sorry you're not happy with your birds. I'm sure there's an orpington thread on the breeds section, maybe you can find someone who has birds more of a quality you're looking for.

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