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What is the difference between black orpingtons and black australorps?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by madornato, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. madornato

    madornato Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought 5 young black hens from a couple about a month ago. I thought they were black australorps (the couple did not know--they bought them as chicks in a bantam bin--they are not bantams by the way--at Tractor Supply). I was planning to breed them to a young australorp roo that I have. I was looking at breeds in the breeds index on BYC and noticed that there is also a black orpington that looks, to me, identical to the black australorp. How can I tell the difference? I just want to know because I don't want to breed them and sell the chicks as something that they might not be. I have these chickens mixed with several other breeds in my hen house, but I think that they are laying a medium-sized (they just started laying about the time that I bought them) light-brown egg. The eggs might even be considered beige in color--nowhere near as dark as the RIR eggs.

    Thanks so much.
     
  2. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    black orpingtons have more plumage if im spelling that right lol and they are fatter looking there feathers just give them a hefty look about them and black australorps they dont have that huge look they are more sleek the feathers are more put together than a black orpingtons is.

    a picture would be good too also breeding them would not give you a show quality breed so when selling the chicks just say a great duel purpose bird.
     
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  3. madornato

    madornato Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the information. It is raining right now where I live. When it clears up, I'll try to snap a photo and post it.
     
  4. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    i googled these
    this one is the black australorp i found the puffiest one
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    black orpington again on google
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    and no problem byc is for questions and answers
     
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  5. madornato

    madornato Out Of The Brooder

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    Also, chickenbottom and for whomever else, I forgot to mention that the hens I have have a beautiful bluish-green sheen to their feathers which I thought was a typical trait of australorps. However, the description you gave makes my hens sound like black orpingtons. Mine are really hefty-looking birds.

    Thanks.
     
  6. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    Quote:any black bird can have a sheen to them my black australorp does and so does my black ameraucana.
     
  7. madornato

    madornato Out Of The Brooder

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    Chickenbottom, I was typing another post while you were downloading pics off google. Thanks for that. My birds look more like the top picture--black australorp. Mine do not look nearly as puffy as the one in the bottom picture, so might it be safe to say I have black australorps? I'll post a pic of mine later if I can to confirm.

    Thanks.
     
  8. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    it probably is a black australorp they are more common than black orpintons
     
  9. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

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    I don't know of any hatcheries that sell any color of Orpington but Buff so I would say it is very safe to say you have Australorps. I do understand your questioning though. I have seen many a black Orp that had more type like a Jersey Giant or Lorp. Here is a hen that is four years old that I still have . she came from Sandhill. She has really good Orp type/
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  10. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    Quote:ya thats what i was thinking too ive never seen a black orp from a hatchery
     

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