Crossing questions-how to breed Orpington for a small comb

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by modernhomesteader, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. modernhomesteader

    modernhomesteader Hatching

    Feb 11, 2009
    NE WI
    We get severe winters here. Thought about breeding some Orpingtons to get a cross that is very docile like the Orp but have very small combs and waddles so they won't freeze.

    My ideal traits would be:
    very docile and friendly
    cold hardy
    very small comb and waddles
    partridge or other marking for free range camouflage
    improved egg laying like New Hampshire Reds

    Any ideas?

    Thought about going for the docile nature and egg laying first, then the external traits.

    Is it true that chickens breed stronger traits from rooster to hen offspring and hen to rooster offspring?

  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Where are you in WI. We had a cold winter here and I have some pretty large comb birds and so far everyone is good [​IMG] I do keep two heat lamps in their coop though.
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Have you thought about wyandottes? Mine are docile and friendly and they're as fluffy butted as my orps. Their rose combs take the cold pretty good. I wouldn't say their waddles are small, but I really haven't had any issues with them and we get pretty darn cold.
  4. herechickchick

    herechickchick Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    I agree with Katy, I think Wyandottes would be better for you than Orpingtons.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2009
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

  6. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    I've done two small hatches of wyandotte x orp and so far the chicks have been pretty hardy. The both lots hatched out with temps in the teens and the original set of chicks ran around with temps in the single digits. I can't tell you anything about the grown version as my oldest mixes are only 8 weeks old, but as chicks they are great!
    I have pictures on my blog of both hatches if you'd like to see the progress.

    I love the wyandottes. They're gorgeous and very good layers. They're also inquisitive, independent birds. I'd totally recommend them.

    (I had trouble this winter with frostbite on my buff orp roo's comb. The rosecombed wyandotte had no trouble at all even with the single digit temps here. My coop isn't heated or even insulated that well.)
  7. pipermark

    pipermark Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    I agree with the Wyandottes, the only reason I am not agreeing with the Brahmas, is because I do not know what type of layers they are. Most good Wyandottes lay 5-6 large or better eggs a week.

  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    My Brahmas are as good as the Wyandottes, or were as younger ones. My two are over two years old now and we get 4-5 eggs every week from them. Used to be 5-6.

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