Help please!!! (AGAIN) BO w/Dark Brown/Black Tail Feathers?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by SarahFish, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. SarahFish

    SarahFish Out Of The Brooder

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    A couple weeks ago, I posted some pics of one of my girls trying to figure out what breed she was. Almost everyone said that she looked like a Buff Orpington. However, today I noticed that her tail feathers are now growing in a Dark Brownish-Black color. I thought that BO's were a solid buff color. She's almost 5 months old now, so I was pretty surprised to see the color of her feathers changing now. Any ideas what she might be?

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    You can't see the darker colored feathers in this picture, but it covers the outside 3 layers of her tail feathers.
     
  2. turtlebird

    turtlebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hatchery BO hens all have some black in their tail feathers. I thought I read somewhere that true buff is difficult to obtain. I still say you have a very pretty BO. [​IMG]
    ALthough, I can't see her legs/feet. What color are they?
     
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  3. SarahFish

    SarahFish Out Of The Brooder

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    They're a bright yellow-orange color.
     
  4. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If her legs are bright yellow you have a buff rock. As for the person who posted that its hard to find a BO without black tail feathers; I have never had one that DID have black tail feathers and I have raised both rocks and orpingtons for years. I would change hatcheries for sure. The same goes for buff rocks...they should be completely buff colored.
     
  5. turtlebird

    turtlebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ditto on the buff rock. My BO's have pale legs.
    The tail feathers aren't entirely black, just a bit of tinting on the ends. It's barely noticeable, unless one looks.
     
  6. atimme

    atimme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To stocky to be a buff rock unless it has bright yellow legs. Definitely a hatchery Buff Orp if pale legs. The tail is a bit sharp but the body looks very round from this angle. The legs will tell, the photo cut them off! [​IMG]
     
  7. Jasmine1998

    Jasmine1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Granny A

    Granny A Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of chicken is behind the buff?
     
  9. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

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    Looks like a Gold Laced Wyandotte to me. [​IMG] [​IMG], Granny A! Thanks for joining us!
     
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  10. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    This. Hatcheries are about quantity not quality. Faults to varying degrees are very common in hatchery stock.

    Color of legs is important though- breeds are defined to have yellow OR white skin. (besides black like on silkies). Orpingtons are a white skinned breed so the legs on buffs should be white. Rocks are a yellow skinned breed so buff rocks should have yellow legs.....

    However, hatcheries soemtimes mess up on skin color- selling Marans with yellow legs.. a big no no as they are a white skinned breed.
     

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