The difference between a balck Orpington and a black Australorp?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by scoopy82, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. scoopy82

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    Well clever me hatched black orpingtons and australorps together and while i tried to keep track of what hatched out of which egg, they did all kind of look the same. I'm now left with one black roo that I am 90% sure is an Orpington, I was hoping someone could tell me any distinguishing features of either breed that could indicate for sure if this boy is an Orp or a Lorp. I can take a photo of him if that would help.
    From what I have found - the Lorp boys all developed they're combs very early while the Orps are a bit slower, this boy was quite slow. And he is a very hefty looking man, the lorps are a little less plump looking. The only thing that makes me wonder is I think the Orps have rather corse heads and this boy is rather pretty in my books. Perhaps I will get a photo in the morning so others can judge for themselves.
    Any ideas???
     
  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Crowing

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    a pic would help, as I dont know if a black orp would still have the white legs that a buff orp has
     
  3. ESofVA

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    A black orp has black legs and the bottoms of their feet are white. I can always tell mine from a distance when she walks around flashing those white foot bottoms with every step!!
     
  4. hdowden

    hdowden Crowing

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    australorp

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    the biggest difference i see is in the tail and the roundness(fluffiness) of the breeds
     
  5. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Problem with the above picture is that the Orpington shown is of the UK standard. American types don't have fluff that far down. Post a picture of your guy and we'll tell you which he is. I don't know my mutts or my Marans but Orps, I can pretty much pick out. ;)
     
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  6. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    From what I have seen and I have a Splash Orp Cockerel 19 weeks is that they dont have the long arching tail feathers like a lot of breeds of roo do. Mine is 50% english 50% american bloodlines. And he is large and roundish. Pic is in "My Breeds" on my profile
     
  7. scoopy82

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    My boy (having trouble uploading photo's):

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  8. scoopy82

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    Another (its my computer with the problem, not the forum):
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  9. scoopy82

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    One more:

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  10. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Looks like an Orp to me. Young cockerel.
     
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