My not so Buff Orpington. Still a Buff?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AtHomeDaddy, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. AtHomeDaddy

    AtHomeDaddy In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2008
    Austin, TX
    3 weeks ago, my kids and I jumped back into backyard chickens, after our neighbor's dog did in our last flock .

    When I bought buff orp hatchlings, this girl looked a little darker than my last three, but nothing really noticeable. Now at 3 weeks, she has all sorts of white and brown coloring on her wings and breast. Does this still make her a buff , or is there some other color description?


    I keep trying to get a better picture, but she just won't sit still long enough. It does not help with id, but I did catch this cool picture yesterday while I was stalking her around the yard. She was taking a leap off of the biggest rock in the flowerbed.


  2. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    She sure looks a little bit to dark to me. Mine are much lighter. [​IMG]
  3. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    She looks a little dark to me too. The thing with buffs though, (I have them and I love them), is disposition. Orpingtons are known for having a great disposition, and mine do, however it's not like they have an exclusive patent on being nice. You can't patent nice. Look at all the posts on here about favorite breeds and you'll see what I mean. If you show or breed, well she probably isn't going to cut it, sorry. If she is being judged only by who she is and what she does, (which is what after all what matters to someone that has to care for her) she has as good, or better, chance at being A+.

    She looks sweet and cared for, and to me like she might be some sort of rhode island, or new hampshire red, which are always great layers.
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    The legs are the wrong color for Buff Orps. I don't believe it's one at all.

  5. chickorama

    chickorama Songster

    Jul 8, 2008
    I don't know what it could be!! Ours are bright orange-gold-yellow. Maybe it is some weird genetic thing. It could be a different breed too. Did you get it from a hatchery, a friend, or a feed/hardware store?? At a hatchery, it is less likely they would mistake it for another breed.
    If it was from a friend/feed store, they might have mistaken it.
  6. AtHomeDaddy

    AtHomeDaddy In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2008
    Austin, TX
    No breeding or showing. Just a backyard egg flock. I am not worried at all about it, just curious what others thought.

    All four of our other buffs were very typical looking. Other than the coloring, this girl looks spot on to me, too. But I have only been in the hobby a very short time.

    The chicks came from a farm store here in Austin. But they arrived at the store about an hour before I picked them up. I know the last ones came from Ideal, just an hour or so away. I assumed these did, too. But I did not ask.

    Also, I forgot that they were in a brooder at the store, mixed with Golden Laced Wyandotte chicks. But I don't think that is what she is, either.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2008
  7. Lee

    Lee Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Marion County, IN
    Orps do come in blue and splash varieties. Good pictures you took. LOL Especially the action shots.

  8. Carolina Chicken Man

    Carolina Chicken Man Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    Quote:Agreed, legs should be white.
  9. AtHomeDaddy

    AtHomeDaddy In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2008
    Austin, TX
    You guys are good.

    I had not noticed the color variation in the legs. I even went out to take a picture to show that they were actually the same color. And what do I know? The BO has white legs and this girl, Yellow.


    Way to go, you eagle eyes. Or should that be chicken eyes?
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2008

  10. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    Speaking of eyes.....Buff Orpinton eye color is sorta a golden. Check your chicks eye color, they look a little dark. Maybe she's a buff rock? [​IMG]

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