Crossing a Black Australorpe Rooster with a Splash Orpington Hen ?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Papa Mel, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Papa Mel

    Papa Mel Out Of The Brooder

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    Will this crossing produce blue chicks? black x splash = 100% blue Has anyone out there done this? If so, please send me pictures. And what name would you give the chicks? Austra Orphs.
     
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  2. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

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    an australorp breeder named hupp already has blue australorps and that is how he got them , i believe. that was a couple years ago.
     
  3. v.cyr

    v.cyr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    aussies are technically a type of orp, right( IIRC, the name Australorp is short for Australian orpington)... so wouldn't the result of a cross still technically be an orpington... or at least pretty darn close
     
  4. Papa Mel

    Papa Mel Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks v.cyr. You made an excellent point. Papa Mel
     
  5. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

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    i guess you could grade back to pure in a few generations keeping only the blue ones. a few of the show lines have black orpington in them to make the birds bigger. unlike most breeds, a lot of hatchery black australorps are up to standard and breed true.
     
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