Orpington Breeders...BO Roo\ Replaced Pic

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Homegroanacres, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. Homegroanacres

    Homegroanacres Chillin w/the Ice in my Glass

    Apr 10, 2008
    Salem, Oregon
    I have posted this pic as a learning experience for me, so
    please feel free to point out faults, area's of improvement
    and any other "ya can do better here or there"

    Please be blunt! [​IMG] that way I don't have to decode your
    trying to be nice! lol

    Thanks in advance

    Last edited: Aug 20, 2008
  2. jonbanks

    jonbanks Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    i like that bird!!! lol im new to this . my wife love the way the buffs look she wants some.
  3. yoker

    yoker Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    I don't know much about breeding Orpingtons
    but it looks like you should try and breed out the black in the tail
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
  5. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008

    Just pull the black feathers out [​IMG]
    No, seriously-I know nothing about orps, but look forward to seeing what some orp ppl have to say. [​IMG]
  6. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    If you are breeding him, I'd aim for the dark golden color on his wings. What do your hens look like?
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    For me, I would cull him and raise another roo.

    The black tail feather says it all for me. You also want him to be short in the back length.

    Look on Hinkjc's website at her buff orp roosters.
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    I have been debating if I wanted to critique this rooster or not, mostly because of the time I knew I would put into thinking about this perty boy. I personally find buff the most difficult color to breed. It presents many challenges, the most common is the inconsistency of the buff tone throughout the bird. The red wing bar is something I avoid if possible. Black and White feathers in the tail are not terrible. It is worse if its in the neck and wings in my opinion, as well as the underfluff. The main color you want to avoid is white. Black can be worked with. Although your end goal is to produce consistent buff color throughout all parts of the bird, including right down the entire feather shaft.

    I try not to judge body shape too much on youngsters. This boy appears very young (probably under 6 months). If I'm wrong on that, then I would likely have reservations on letting him grow out any further. Less than a year (and sometimes even 2 years) is too early in most cases to know how he will truly fill out - even his color. If he is your only possible rooster, you could certainly grow him out and try to match him to hens that offset his faults. Sometimes this will resolve your issues and sometimes it will produce new issues. The only way to know is to test him. If I had a choice between him and a much cleaner roo, he would be gone without a second thought.

    As he matures more, I'd look for the back to appear short and wide across. The widening can take up to 2 years to fully fill in, but he should be thick (broad) through his back. He is looking a little long and perhaps a little slimmer than I'd like, but I am thinking that is his juvie age showing and possible that will look better as he fills in more. It would be interesting if you keep him to see how he changes as he matures more.

    I always find buff the most interesting color to follow through maturity.

  9. tberggren

    tberggren Songster

    Jan 20, 2008
    Ithaca NY
    I am finding this thread very interesting (wish I could see the picture [​IMG] )

    I have a buff roo who is about 4 and a half months old. He has not matured at all like my blue, black and splash Orpintons roos who have been very typy from day one.

    So must be it is normal for the buffs to mature differently than the blues??

  10. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I find this thread interesting too and I can not see the pic either......

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