Mystery Roosters?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ArtCaptain, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. ArtCaptain

    ArtCaptain Songster

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    So I have some roosters that are black feathered and make weird noises. [​IMG]They're pretty funny actually Cx.

    Ok so here are my actual roosters![​IMG]

    [​IMG]This one here is Pebbles!
    [​IMG]And this one here is Pudding!
    Are they Orpintons or Australorps?
     
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  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    Your black roosters are probably Black Australorps, as that is the most common black breed. Alternatively, they could be Orpingtons.
     
  3. ArtCaptain

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    I think they might be black uhhh aus-tra-lorps...[​IMG]That name sounds very familiar. I think that might have been what the pet shop sign said![​IMG]
     
  4. ArtCaptain

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    I looked up images of black orpintons and australorps but they both look the same. [​IMG]Does anybody know the difference btween those two?
     
  5. 21hens-incharge

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    I believe you have an Australorp rooster there. The Orpingtons are rare and also are a loose feathered bird giving them a heavier body appearance.


    Babs

    Edited to add....
    I re read the post and the rooster pictured is not yours.
    If yours are larger they may also be Black Jersey Giants.
    Foot color will tell you the aussie from the giant.
    Yellow bottoms on the feet is the Jersey. Pinkish or white is the Aussie.
     
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  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    The differences between Black Orpingtons and Black Australorps are very subtle and the two breeds are not easy to tell apart. Even John R. Henderson, who has both breeds and is the author of Henderson's Handy Dandy Chicken chart, admits that he can't tell them apart (http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html). There are some very minuet differences however. Black Orpingtons are typically somewhat heavier bodied birds with more fluff on their rears. I've read that judges look at the width of the Black Orpington's back, which is broader and blockier than that of a Black Australorp. Black Orpingtons also have larger heads and shorter necks than Black Australorps. Black Australorps, while somewhat smaller and less meaty than Black Orpingtons, are better layers. A Black Australorp actually holds the brown egg laying record with 364 eggs in 365 days, and while that record will probably never be matched again, Black Australorp hens do occasionally lay over 300 eggs in a year.
     
  7. BantamLover21

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  8. ArtCaptain

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    I know that pic isn't mine. I found it on the internet.I just used it because it looked similar to the roosters I have[​IMG]
     
  9. ArtCaptain

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  10. 21hens-incharge

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    Both are Aussies. Orpingtons are puffier in the feathers and look like they are lower to the ground because of all the fluff. Nice looking roosters you have.
     

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