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Orpintons or Rocks????

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by minna, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. minna

    minna Songster

    Oct 15, 2008
    Burnsville, MS
    I'm fairly new at this chicken venture and I seem to take everyone at their word, b/c i don't know any difference. We have been buying eggs and chicks from a local chicken farmer/friend. Living in redneck country, nobody calls anything by it's real name, we have Yellow Buffs. OK....... Everyone calls them Yellow Buffs. I decided on my own they must be buff orpingtons right. They look like buff orpintons... Then I started researching and found Buff Plymouth Rocks, they look a lot alike, and this guy raises, RIR, BR and sex-linked. I guess I just need to ask him what they are, but my hubby is the one who deals with him and he will never remember to ask. Is there a surefire way to tell the difference? I bought buff orpington chicks from the hatchery, so i know what they are, but I still have 8 from this other guy that I'm second guessing, b/c they are "yellow buffs".

  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Rocks have yellow legs and orpingtons have white.

    If he doesn't keep them penned seperate, you probably have mixed chicks.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2008
  3. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Katy is right, that's the easiest way to tell but there are slight differences in build ad well [​IMG]
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I agree there's a difference in build, just thought the legs were the easiest thing for a newbie to check.
  5. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    The orps should be much bigger than the rocks, too. Tho if you dont have anything to compare them to, that would be hard to determine.
  6. minna

    minna Songster

    Oct 15, 2008
    Burnsville, MS
    He keeps his "yellow buffs" separate, it's just I'm all confused on what they actually are. I just talked to my hubby and he says that the guy didn't originally have any buffs so he bought a few pairs from a guy and took them to him so he would hatch them for us ect. So my hubby is actually the one who bought the buffs and he was told they are orps. But I didn't answer a question when I asked him b/c his friend who also has a few chickens was wondering why the hen my hubby gave him had white legs and his roo he bought separate had yellow legs. So as of right now, mine should be all straight orps, if my eggs do happen to hatch, some of them will be mixed, how do I tell that? Sorry, I'm trying to learn.

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    Quote:Bigger yes, much bigger no.
    Rock Standard weights:
    C-9.5 lbs
    H-7.5 lbs
    Ck-8 lbs
    P-6 lbs

    Orpington Standard weights:
    C-10 lbs
    H-8 lbs
    Ck-8.5 lbs
    P-7 lbs

  8. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    I'd like to see photos of your 'yellow buffs' [​IMG]

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