Orpington Experts: Which Cockerel Should I Keep/Use?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Reyvaughn, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to use one of these boys to help improve the type and size of my Lav Orps. I have a favorite, but I am keeping my opinion out of this.

    Cockerel 1:
    He is alerted so his tail is up higher than normal.
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    Cockerel 2:
    He is also alerted. He also struts like that.
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    Cockerel 3:
    His tail feathers are coming is slower, but he is the widest of the three.
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    (With my RSL, Pink as comparison)

    Which one is closer to the SOP? These guys are only about 6 months old.
     
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2011
  2. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    I like #3! I don't show birds but

    1st would be #3 Cockerel
    2 #2
    3 #1


    #3 Is a big bird
     
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  3. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Clearly #3. Number 1 is the weakest of the 3.
     
  4. eggdd

    eggdd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i don't know anything about the sop for orps (so i really shouldn't be posting), but i just wanted to say i like 3.
     
  5. josh44

    josh44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, I'd definately keep #3 [​IMG]
     
  6. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Not a expert, just a Orpington lover. I would use # 3.
     
  7. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    #3. the other two are not even close.
     
  8. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! #3 has been my favorite since he started to get wide. The breeder said to keep #2...
    Now... Freezer Boot Camp for the other three. I may keep #2 as a back up, though.
     
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  9. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    Yes! ALWAYS keep a backup if you can!
     
  10. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Absolutely. If you keep 2 they'll both be fine. If you keep only 1 he will die. Correlate of Murphy's Law.
     

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