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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jjhuntsalot, May 13, 2009.
Are these the same breed? Are there differences? Please post pics.
I know they are different, but I don't know the specific differences.
Black Orpingtons are the original Orpington breed from England. Other Oprington colors were developed later (white, buff, blue, etc.).
Australorps are Australia's version of the Orpington. So, they are similar but not the same. Again, I don't know the differences. Also, I think Australorps come only in black... though again, I'm not sure.
They probably have photos of both breeds on Feathersite.
In the early days of Black Orpingtons some were exported to Australia. The Australians adapted the black Orpintons breeding characteristics into the birds that they liked & since the birds were not really Orpingtons any more they named the breed Australorp.
Well I think that's more less how it's told.
I cannot explain the detailed differences but I can tell you this.
The australorp has a very beautiful green sheen to their feathers when in the light that is absolutely stunning (I have 8 of them). Their is a difference in the tail and their body structure.
Orpingtons are also a heavy breed but they are a more robust looking breed to me. They also come in a variety of colors whereas the australorps do not.
Here is a picture of one of my australorps when she was a pullet.
Here is a a orpington you can see the body style difference I am referring to
Orpintons are a large loose feathered bird that comes in many colours.
The Australian Utility orpington is a smaller tighter feathered bird that has some Langshan blood.
In Australia the are found in Black,Blue & White
The Australorps have more RED surface on their faces than the Orps.
The Orpingtons have much more butt fluff. Their legs should be near 3 inch visible below the fluffline. A judge told me he looks to see how even the width of the bird's back. He said it should look like a block. Much larger heads. Shorter necks. At least appearence wise. Orpingtons are much more breed for size which sacrifices egg laying potential. I believe the world's record for most eggs in a year is set by an Austrlorp. The eggs of many exhibition line Orps are not very big at all.
And I know of 4 colors ( Black, Blue, Buff, and White) of Orpingtons in the USA and only Black for Australorp. Unless someone has their mind set on creating a new color. I haven't heard of any other.
Halo is starting Blue Australorps that are goreous!
Quote:With all due respect to Barry not all the photos on Feathersite are of good breed examples.
I would be very pleased to have Australorps with white feathers, black eyes, and black legs.
It should be time for the US of A to get some White Aussies here.