This is my first Black Orp

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by GAhen, May 20, 2008.

  1. GAhen

    GAhen Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    Carrollton GA
    And I am pretty sure he is a cockeral....
    What do y'all think??

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Yep, cockerel! Nice looking boy.
  3. vwoods

    vwoods Songster

    Apr 25, 2008
    Spotsylvania, Virginia
    Bingo on the rooster! Congrats. I've got a roo in my new bunch of australorps as well and have heard from others that they are very gentle and docile. Is that the case with yours? So far mine is a very gentle young rooster!
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Handsome looking cockeral....nice green sheen to his feathers....
  5. GAhen

    GAhen Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    Carrollton GA
    This guy is a little jumpy, I hatched him from a batch from AZ.

    What is the best rooster color to have withthe black/blue/splash orps??
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    A mix of girls is nice to have in all the colors. The black is what helps to keep the blue colors strong and not washing out when breeding and hatching future eggs.

    With a black roo covering all 3 colors of hens you would get such a nice mix of colored chicks from hatching eggs.

    Blue x Blue - 50% Blue 25% Black 25% splash

    Black x Blue - 50% Black 50% Blue

    Black x Splash - 100% Blue

    Blue x Splash - 50% Blue 50% Splash

    Splash x Splash - 100% Splash

    I have a blue cockeral, a splash cockeral and a black cockeral I am growing out to keep. They each will have at least one of each colored hen as a trio but hopefully more if all my little chicks continue to develop nicely.

    Right now (aside from Bonnie Blue who is in with Mosby my blue cockeral) I have 3 blue, 1 black and 1 splash pullets growing out from one hatch. 1 blue, 1 black and 1 splash pullet from another hatch and the last batch I have no clue yet what they will end up being as far as pullet to cockeral ratio. I am hoping there will be more than enough girls to share with the cockerals.

    The males are so pretty and big I couldn't pick just one to keep. My husband has to finish one last pen for a trio+ and I'll have them all sorted and ready by fall.

    Your black is very nice. Please continue to post photos as he matures.
  7. GAhen

    GAhen Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    Carrollton GA
    Thanks Miss Prissy,
    I thought a this black roo would be a keeper.
    I have two cuties from TOH and my best hatch ever from Bamachicken, 8 so far, so I am just thrilled.

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