I have different colors of Orbington hens and looking to add a rooster to my collection.
(Lavender, Buff, splash, black, jubelee)
What color rooster will be the best to keep with different color hens?
Personally I wouldn’t do black because then almost all the chicks would be black and would have very little variety. I would maybe do Jubilee or splash? I don’t have experience with some of those colors though so it’s really just whatever color you like best.
Depends on what you are wanting. Orpingtons are gorgeous. If you're wanting some pretty chicks I suppose you could use a Blue or Splash Orpington rooster. If you just want something pretty to look at, Silver-laced Orpingtons like the male in my profile picture, are gorgeous.
Some basics you should know- black (and therefore blue, splash, and lavender) is a pretty dominant color. Mottling (the white spots on jubilees) is a recessive gene, and won’t show up in the first generation, but will show up if you breed the first gens together or breed them to a jubilee. The same is true of lavender (lavender orps have the recessive lavender gene over solid black, which is why first gen crosses of lavender are usually mostly black).
If you like the look of solid colored orps, use a blue, black, or lavender rooster. You’ll get mostly solids or solid colored with some leakage (in the case of buffs, a lot of leakage).
If you really like the mottling of the jubilees, then you can use one of them as a rooster. However, their offspring will be solid colored in the first generation, until you breed them together or back to a jubilee to get the recessive mottling to show up.