Orpington or Araucana

Lynka

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This should be a really easy differentiation and a silly question, but I just want to be 100% sure!
The reason this debate is even occurring is because I hatched 3 Orp eggs and 1 Araucana. I couldnt tell them apart at hatch and I didnt know about the comb difference (pea vs single).
I went away for a weekend and I came back and one of them had died :(
Two started growing much faster and got a lot bigger (one pullet, one roo) so I assumed that I'd lost an orp and my smaller one was the araucana.
However, Ive just learnt about the pea comb in araucana and my 'araucana' doesnt seem to have one.
Can someone please look at my chick (9weeks old) and tell me if they think it's an orp. I'm leaning towards orp pullet, but as I am about to sell her (34 chickens in the middle of town is not really allowed) I have to be certain.
Oh I talked to the lady I got the eggs from, all her araucana have pea combs and she didnt mention any recessive single combs (like another breeder mentioned to me).
Thanks!






Oh and if anyone has any thoughts on the gender of the silkies (also 9 weeks), please yell out!
 

BantamFan4Life

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Definitely not an Araucana -- personally, I think it looks like a Black Australorp, but I suppose it could be a Black Orpington (although it's unlikely because they are really rare).

For your silkie, I don't see anything screaming cockerel, but I would wait another month or so to be for sure.
 

Lynka

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I dont think it could be an Australorp, the lady I got the eggs from doesnt own any.
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so I guess it must be a rare black orp.
Fingers crossed for the silkies!

Thanks so much for your quick reply!!
 

Bridebeliever

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If you are still communicating with the lady I would ask her if she has any black OR chocolate Orpingtons! That would be cool...and she'd be worth more or you may want to keep her. Computer/phone screens are weird but she looks chocolatey to me.
 

Michael OShay

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The black one looks like either a Black Australorp, a Black Orpington, or a Black Jersey Giant. Check the bottoms of its feet. If they are an obvious yellow, it's a Black Jersey Giant. If they are any other color such as whitish, pinkish, grayish (which I suspect is the case) then it's either a Black Australorp or a Black Orpington.
 

mymilliefleur

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The black one looks like either a Black Australorp, a Black Orpington, or a Black Jersey Giant. Check the bottoms of its feet. If they are an obvious yellow, it's a Black Jersey Giant. If they are any other color such as whitish, pinkish, grayish (which I suspect is the case) then it's either a Black Australorp or a Black Orpington.

X2.
 

Lynka

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Looking back on my emails to the lady I asked for eggs from her black orp pen- so that must be it!
The roo was black also. Maybe black orps are more common here (New Zealand). I feel like I've seen a few around
Michael- checked the feet and they are grey- same as the legs. Ive never heard of Black Jersey Giants (but I am new to the chicken world) so Im wondering if we even have them here. There are breeds that I know dont exist here.

Thanks everyone- I can probably be confident to sell her as a Orp :)

Here are the two silkies- sorry the photos arent that great, they were really active.
The black one has a tiny bump on his comb while the white is flat!
Im also worried that my 6 month of pullet Rose may start crowing soon
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