Is this a Splash Orpington Pullet?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ColtHandorf, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. ColtHandorf

    ColtHandorf Crowing

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    You know the more I look and think about it...her comb looks poorly dubbed. I wonder if someone was practicing on her? That would explain the odd comb and the bad debeaking job. In a period of like five minutes I’ve almost convinced myself to go get her just so she can have a nice life. Lol
     
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  2. Faraday40

    Faraday40 Free Ranging

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    That honestly sounds like a much better deal. If you invest in good quality birds from the start, you won't regret it. ...and $20 for a decent pullet is a very, very good price! Once a bad trait is introduced into your breeding flock, it's a lot more work to get it out.

    Plus, it's a good idea to know orp owners & breeders near you. You may become friends and swap eggs/chicks in the future. I have several people around me who have my birds. If something terrible happened to the ones I have here, I know I could count on my friends to help me restart my line.
     
  3. Faraday40

    Faraday40 Free Ranging

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    You could be right about someone "practicing" on her, or perhaps she just had a rough start in life. She may make a nice layer or backyard pet, but I'd be careful about taking in any bird - especially one that hasn't had the best of care. You could introduce something harmful to your flock. Do you have a way of keeping any new hen(s) in isolation for a month? Do you have a separate laying flock for her to join? I wouldn't recommend using her for breeding, since your birds are already superior.
     
  4. homeschoolin momma

    homeschoolin momma Songster

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    The more local breeder sounds much better and if they also have splash (which you are wanting) i would go and take a look there. I agree with Faraday about having someone closer to you for chick/egg swapping. Sometimes its just nice to go over and have someone to just talk chicken with!:duc
    I know you want to rescue the poor little girl in the above pictures, but unless you have a separate space to keep her away from your primary breeders, it could prove to be more of a hassle.
     
  5. hereford_girl_01

    hereford_girl_01 Chirping

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    If it’s 8-9 months it should be laying or crowing by now.
     
  6. ColtHandorf

    ColtHandorf Crowing

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    I wasn't asking whether the bird was male or female. The fact that it is a pullet is obvious to anyone who looks at it. I was asking whether or not people felt that it was a Splash Orpington. I added "pullet" to the title in order to stop multiple replies where people were guessing gender.
     
  7. ColtHandorf

    ColtHandorf Crowing

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    I do have somewhere she could stay away from my Silver-laced and Lavenders, but I think I've convinced myself to pass on her despite her being poorly cared for by a previous owner.

    Now that you mention it, I do need about four more pens...lol Seriously I'd like to get a variety of larger hens for extra Orpington roosters to cover, specifically Sterling, who I'd like to retire when I get a male with his size and the correct leg color (white) and with more floof. He's just such a good boy, and I hate to not keep him around.
     

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