How many are breeding for Blue Australorps here in America?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by huppfarm, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. huppfarm

    huppfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Over the last 3 years we here at Hupp Farm in AZ. have been developing and documentating all our efforts to create Blue Australorps in order to get the Variety accepted into the "STANDARD OF PERFECTION."

    We hit a stumbling block this year loosing our best breeders both Black and Blue for our project. Lucky for us we have youngsters that are healthy and we will begin breeding once again this time next year.

    We would like to keep tabs on any serious breeders who will document their efforts for 5 years. We need at least 5 breeders who will do this but the more the merrier!

    The A.P.A. requires this in order have sanctioned Blue Australorp Meet.

    Let us know where your from and how long youve been breeding for the "Blues."

    Have a Good Hatching Season!
    Chet & Berta
     
  2. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    As in Blue Black Splash?

    What are you using to create? Orpintons?
     
  3. huppfarm

    huppfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes we use the Orpingtons as they are geneticly the same since the Australorp was created by using them.
    We have been breeding the splash to black with results of some buff in wing bows and hackles, so our next attempt is breeding back to black to see if the buff will cancel out.

    We also are going to create some Blue Orps and breed them into the blacks to see if that will also be positive for black on blue only without any buff traits.

    I have heard of folks using any blue breed to mix it up with the B.A.s but im not really for that since many have to deal with skin color and feathered legs which just take up more time triyng to remove and may return several generations later (not good if you are selling hatching eggs and want to keep a good name in the poultry world).

    you replied, so what do you know?
     
  4. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    Not much. Just curious.
    I do however know that Australorps were created from Orps though.
    I wish you luck in you endevour. I'm currently working on another project or two so really don't have space for anything else right now.

    I'll be watching your progress so post pictures if you can.
     
  5. aveca

    aveca Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i know splash works.maybe add even more splash hens from orp breeders who are specialising in blue? wouldnt that help cut the buff?
    the australians used blu orp breeder culls that were smaller they went for breeders that were strong color breeders.., im just wondering if swapping some hens might help..there are a lot of breeders in here that have some stunning blu orps.
     
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  6. aveca

    aveca Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What would happen if you added in white orpington would that cancel out the buff? Everything else is correct...foot color skin color is pinkish white..leg color is is a slate..I'm just curious what would happen in that case?
     
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  7. NanaKat

    NanaKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I am using a true blue/lavendar Cochin roo with my Australorp hens. F1 is a wonderful blue and I will be spending several years breeding out the feathers. My understanding of genetics is that if three generations have no feathers on the legs, then the trait has been removed. LF take so long to reach production age, it will take time to do this. Do you have any literature to share about the number of generations needed to "correct" the "pop-up" ?
     
  8. aveca

    aveca Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they have a very good conversation going on on english orp thread about the strong lacing wich is part of sop on the imported birds..the american birds do not have the strong gene..interesting ...somone was trying to set me up making white australorp..but i dont feel confident in it..i might just let them use my rooster..i could only ever find hatchery and part hatchery hens..i did have one very nice hen..nice eye decent hen but she constantly had spots in egg...
     
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    I think Halo had some Blue Australorps...beautiful birds!
     
  10. huppfarm

    huppfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    sorry for taking so long to reply, I made contact with the Australia Australorp Club to find out how they developed the blues and used it. You may want to contact them also to save time from having to breed out feathered legs. They have the best of all varieties of Australorps, they would have the answers you seek.
     

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