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orpington color *blue*

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by LilQtBear, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. LilQtBear

    LilQtBear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been trying to google to find like a "orpington color standards" with discription of what each color SHOULD look like on the recognized colors...like blue...trying to find disqulifications and stuff too. I'm newer to this and realized my very handsome fluffy blue roo isn't as dark as others and missing the lacing I see in others too. So if I want to breed for the right coloring...I need reference?
    Someone want to point me in right direction

    Blue Steel not really any chest lacing as pointed out once...recomended to breed him to a black
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  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    The APA Standard of Perfection (book) is your answer to nearly all questions [​IMG]
     
  3. LilQtBear

    LilQtBear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So no googling on this one hu? Must search for this book then.... thank you
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I'm sure you'll find answers in the Orpington thread, perhaps, or ask some breeders. I'd imagine it is the same as most other blues - Medium shade, good lacing, absence of black splotches or gold/red leakage, etc.

    Most people breed blue x black, you get the better and more consistent color that way.
     
  5. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    The 1993 standard states that each feather should be slate blue with black edging. There isn't a separate section for the blue color in orpingtons though they are recognized that year. The book simply says to go to the overall which isn't exactly right because the overall says the whole bird needs to be same color, slate edged with black, but on Orps blue doesn't look exactly like that. Their necks and so forth are darker. So get a new one or at least look at a standard that is pretty recent.
     
  6. LilQtBear

    LilQtBear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you! I will have to find the book for sure!
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    In most cases the colour (variety) standard does not vary from one breed to another. If it does, the standard will list the differences for that breed under the breed standard; otherwise the variety standard is listed in the variety section.
     
  8. VI KING RANCH

    VI KING RANCH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry but he is way to light. I would suggest getting a good blue cock and breed him to some black pullets. The boy you got is more a lavender type. But try breeding see what you get it would be interesting.
     
  9. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here is a pic of our blue roo he is still young so will darken a little more but i still am breeding him to black to darken up a bit
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  10. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Quote:This is very true, but Blue was pretty darn rare in Orps here in the USA in 1993 so I'm guessing they do have something in the variety section now where they didnt' in '93.
     

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