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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by crealbilly, Sep 9, 2016.
Does anyone have any info or pics of a RIR Roo BO Hen mix? Ive read they will make a Red Orpington?
You'll get a mixed breed, likely somewhere in color between RIR and BO, probably with a bit of black leakage in the tail.
Several of my BO's have black leakage on their tails now and they are suposed to be BOs. I bought 20 of them from rual king as day old BO chicks.
Not surprising. Most hatcheries are so lazy they can't be bothered to breed out black leakage.
im sitting here wondering if i really bought BO's then or some hybrid?
They're hatchery quality BOs. The way hatcheries work these days is lazily; mostly they just breed what they have without regard to any feature besides egg production. However, many hatcheries do outcross their stock to other breeds on a regular basis. I've seen some hatcheries selling straight up mutts. No hatchery sells birds which could be considered real examples of the breed any more. Whenever buying from a hatchery, assume they've done outcrossing in AT LEAST the past three generations. If you want the "real deal", go to a breeder who breeds to the standard.
Examples (not my photos):
- Hatchery BO vs. Breeder BO
Hatchery Silkie vs. Breeder Silkie
Hatchery Plymouth Rock vs. Breeder Plymouth Rock
Hatchery "Rhode Island Red" vs. Breeder Rhode Island Red
Yup, hatchery BOs. They'll be excellent egg producers and probably pretty friendly but they'll never attain the weight or "fluff" of a true Orpington.