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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mbrock, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. mbrock

    mbrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    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
     
  3. mbrock

    mbrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are them together. I do believe that they are true blacks orpingtons I did some research, but if not they are beauty full birds. Here are is a pic of them[​IMG][/IMG]
     
  4. mbrock

    mbrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here they are together. The blacks are much bigger at the same age.[​IMG]
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    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.
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Great job on the hatch! Love those Orps! They are so docile, gentle and are great layers as well.

    Enjoy your flock and we do welcome you to our roost!
     
  7. mbrock

    mbrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. They are great birds. They follow my son around anytime he goes out with them, and listen to him better than the dog.[​IMG]
     
  8. BY Chicken Lady

    BY Chicken Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Pretty birds, nice pictures!
     
  10. mbrock

    mbrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
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