I'm from southwest Florida. We have 4 Buff
Orpingtons and 2 Black Orpingtons, all hens. This is our first time with chickens. The kids hatched the buffs and the blacks where purchased recently. They are about 16-18 weeks.
Welcome to the flock. Your kids did a great job incubating . I don't think I have ever seen a black orpington - maybe it is a Black Australorp (bred from orpingtons) I know there are also lavender and chocolate orps. I think bantam ones too
Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. There is definitely a Black Orpington breed (Black Australorps were first bred using Black Orpington stock), and although they are very uncommon in the USA (BAs are far more common), there are some breeders, and even a few hatcheries that sell Black Orpingtons. About the only difference visually between Black Orpingtons and Black Australorps is that Black Orpingtons are a little larger bird (when the Australorp was bred, size was traded down for an increase in egg production). Given the size of your birds in the photo, I think you probably do have actual Black Orpingtons. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your Orpingtons.
Welcome to BYC. My Buff Orpingtons are my fav of all the breeds I have. I've never heard of a Black Orpington until now, I wonder if they are as docile as the Buffs? My Buffs are my best year round layers as well.
The blacks are good birds so far, they are alittle more shy. I have only had them about three weeks, but they seem to love to be handled once they are used to you. The size difference is amazing. The black are very much bigger. What else can be said about the buffs. We love them.