Buff Orpingtons?? Green legs???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by justusnak, May 29, 2007.

  1. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Ok, I have a question.....I ordered my BO from MM back in March. They are now 11 weeks old. Iw as out there this morning, feeding and chatting with a few of my favorite hens, and notices several of them have green legs??? WHAT THE??? I didnt know they were supposed to have green legs? And not all of them do. Hmmmmm,did I get pure mutts from MM???
     
  2. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    I don't think they are supposed to have green legs. [​IMG] I've always thought that was a tinted egg layer trait. [​IMG] Sorry.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Uh, no way should Buff Orps have green legs. The breed standard is pinky white legs. Period. Green leg, hmm. Easter Egger mix?
     
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    ok, so should I contact MM??? I wanted pure BO. [​IMG] I love my gals either way, but wanted pure breds. Dang!!
     
  5. Hellebore

    Hellebore Out Of The Brooder

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    We got a few BO from MM earlier this spring and they had the light pinkish legs that I think they are supposed to have. We also ordered some EE and one of them was solid yellow as a chick but now has turned out white with red feathers and has greenish legs. She looks very similar to the BOs when they all arrived.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Maybe she's not a BO at all, maybe they put in the wrong breed entirely and she's just a similar color.
     
  7. Julie in Al

    Julie in Al Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say mixed if they have green legs. My understanding is that these big hatcheries get there eggs from breeders all over the place that is probably why some get different quality chickens from the same place.
     
  8. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    About half of my Buffs have green legs. [​IMG] I called MM, Judy was very nice, and was as puzzled as I am about the leg coloring. She asked me to give them a few more weeks, to see if the leg coloring changes, and if not, they will either replace or refund. I am very happy with thier solution...but wondering still...why green?? And why me!?? I wanted to introduce these wonderfull birds to our little town...no one here has them. I cant sell these if there is a chance they wont be pure. I was hopeing to be able to sell the babies next year to 4H kids. DRATS! I was wondering if possibly...an Australorp got in the mix some how. ?? I have a few of those hens.....sorta tan in color...with dark green legs. Well....maybe I can get the green leggers out, and leave the others together? I wanted pure breds. Is it safe to say the others might be pure??
     
  9. cookinmom

    cookinmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think their leg color is gonna change. My BO's have had pinkish whitish legs right from the beginning. Cleo has green legs though; she is an EE.
     
  10. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    After posting, I went back out to get another good look at the BO legs. One of the hens...has BRIGHT YELLOW legs! UGH! Now I am beginning to panic! What is MM sent me mutts?? Ohhhh jeesh! [​IMG]
     

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