I have two little pullets and a cockerel that I have been told are Blue Orpingtons. I got them from a nearby breeder who is supposed to be quite reputable. I took the little boy to the fair today, my trick for getting people interested in adopting him. It's a very relaxed, small town fair, where pretty much anything goes. The judge decided that my boy was Cochin cross. I spoke with the breeder, who told me that his roos come from off-island, and he thinks they're purebred, but as they're not his own he can't say. Now my little cockerel has very distinctive feathered legs. Are Blue Orpingtons supposed to have feathered legs? I cannot find a website that will give me a straight answer on that. The judge decided that he was a Cochin based on the legs, as well as him being small, portly, and loose-feathered, with very short tail. Do you people have any ideas? I can't speak for how well the judge knows his chickens, as he's really just an island chicken enthusiast who knows his stuff. I thought that the round body and short tail were just a development stage. The sticking point are his feathered legs. I don't have a picture, but I'll try for one tomorrow sometime.