English Orpington?!? With slate legs

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by Cycomiko, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Cycomiko

    Cycomiko Songster

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    So I got in contact with a breeder that is trying to make mauve splash English Orpingtons. I picked up 7 of the ones she was going to cull that was undesirable. I just noticed yesterday that her legs are slate. What could she be bread with for this to happen?

    She's a beautiful girl, but segregated due to feather picking. I have a bad feeling their conditions or food was poor. We are giving her timeout and lots of protein.

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  2. nicalandia

    nicalandia Crowing

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    Aren't slate legs the norm on self black/splash/lavender orps? as far as I know they don't have white shanks as the rest of the Orp colors
     
  3. Cycomiko

    Cycomiko Songster

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    Ok, thanks for the info. I did not realize shank color was different on other colors of Orpingtons.
     
  4. ColtHandorf

    ColtHandorf Songster

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    That is correct. Blue, Black, Splash, and Lavender Orpingtons all have slate legs. The laced, Mottled/Jubilee, and other colors have white legs.
     
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  5. AMERAUCANAS4REAL

    AMERAUCANAS4REAL Crossing the Road

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    Yes. Any black based Orps should have black or slate legs.
     
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  6. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks Death By Cookies

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    My question, is why is the breeder culling birds at such a young age?
     
  7. Cycomiko

    Cycomiko Songster

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    If they don't have the desired splash or lacing at week 2, she separates them from the breeding program. I get it, but I got a couple of splash girls that are beautiful, and the laced ones are too young to tell for be so far .
     
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  8. MagpieDucks

    MagpieDucks Death By Cookies

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    That's what was thinking. As they continue to go through molts, they're going to change quite a bit.
     
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