Orps vs. Rocks

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by pattyjean73, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. pattyjean73

    pattyjean73 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    NW Arkansas
    I'm trying to decide between Orpingtons and Plymouth Rocks. I'm afraid I won't have the space for ALL the breeds I would like to have so my question for you experienced BYCers is this...

    What are the major differences between Orps and Rocks? If you HAD to choose one over the other which one would you choose and why?
  2. stephenkeener

    stephenkeener Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2009
    In 07' I raised 15 ea. B Orp. and B. Rock from McMurry. I love a barred chicken but in my opinion the buffs are a far better chicken than the rocks. The buffs were more docile and much more personable. Also they lay a much better shaped egg which has just a shade darker color than the rocks. Probably what sold me on the buffs was the temperment and the eggs. Although i still haven't found a rooster with the temperment that the breed is noted for. The buffs are more broody also.

    The rocks are a good layer and a good all pupose bird it just seemed like mine as a whole just didn't stand out like the buffs. You won't go wrong with either one, oh by the way those were June of 07' chicks and they spent all last summer and winter on open free range and were only fastened up a night I have (2) Barred Rocks left and (9) Buffs.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Have both. Love them both. One day I will most likely have a laying flock of just BRs and Buff Orps. Great girls, all of them.
  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    blue Orpingtons and Blue Rocks, both are great birds!
  5. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Anyone can argue either side really...
    One thing I can say is that I like the looks of the Buff Orpington more, but mine goes broody almost every spring.
    Im sure you will like whatever you decide, and between the two its pretty much personal opinion....
    Good Luck!!
  6. melissastraka

    melissastraka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    you know my vote...BO!!!! [​IMG]
  7. ~SunSetsWest~

    ~SunSetsWest~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    Central, Fl.
    I have BBS Orps and have had blue Rocks and Barred Rocks, Orps are bigger and fluffier than the Rocks. The Orps may be a bit more clam, maybe due to the size. Both are Awesome! Either way you go, I would recommend buying from a good breeder rather than a hatchery, there IS a difference, quality is the key...
  8. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I never had more than a few BO at a time so, I don't think I am qualified to make a judgment on them!

    I always have some Barred or White Rocks around [​IMG] but, my all time favorite is Buff Rocks they are so sweet!
  9. iajewel

    iajewel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    Baskin Robins has 31 flavors of icecream for a reason.. not everyone knows that all we need is chocolate.. [​IMG] Same with chickens...
    I have had both.. and will always have both becuse I want a double scoop.
    If you only want a single scoop.. just remember it cost as much to feed something you like to look at as something you don't.
  10. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I have both and my vote goes to the rocks for the simple reason that they mature faster. I don't have forever to wait for a hen to start laying. The buff orps are faster to mature than the blues or blacks for whatever reason in case you decide to go with orps. They are both wonderful birds and I love both breeds. [​IMG]

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