My roo: Orpington and ??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jen727, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. jen727

    jen727 Just Hatched

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    I was sold my rooster, Kellogg, as a pure black "show quality" Orpington at about 3 months old. And that's exactly what he looked like at the time -- to my inexperienced eye, at least. Definitely solid black. As he's matured, I realize I was duped? Figure he's probably Orp but mixed with something. Any ideas? I'd like to rehome him, but want to give an honest description! Thank you!

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  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does he have clean legs? I would honestly assume he is a purebred and show quality orp but Opringtons also come in Birchen so chances are that his parents/grandparents/great grandparents could have been birchen or carried it. It would defiantly be interesting to breed him and see what he produced :)
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Silver leakage. Young birds are a gamble. You can't tell at 3 months of age if a bird is going to be show/breeder quality.
     
  4. jen727

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    Oops! So I didn't realize "birchen" was a thing! Had to look it up. Shows what I know, lol!! He was solid black before he matured. I thought he might be crossed with an EE due to the "gold trim" because the breeder also had those.
     
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    jen727 Just Hatched

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    Thank you! I don't care about the show aspect, obviously, just as long as he's actually an Orp!
     
  6. jen727

    jen727 Just Hatched

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    By the way, his hens are chocolate Orps so now y'all are making want to incubate their eggs. Problem is, he's mean as the dickens and I'm tired of having to take a mop with me everywhere I go. [​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Never a good reason to keep a bad roo. You wouldn't want to pass that temperament on to his progeny.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    He's not birchen. there's a difference between birchen and silver leakage, he's just leaky.

    You can still breed him to your hens, it's not like you're breeding to the SOP anyway. He'll make fine, fluffy backyard chicks.
     
  9. jen727

    jen727 Just Hatched

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    Oh, good point!!!
     
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