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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jwchicklady, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. jwchicklady

    jwchicklady Songster

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    How can i tell the difference between a black australorp and a black orpington? I just bought a black pullet from a guy who said he got a bunch of different chicks from a hatchery--so he doesn't know what they are. I am guessing that she is either a black sex-linked or black australorp? How to tell the difference between the 3? my camera isn't working, so no pictures. I am just curious how to tell the difference between them. she is the sweetest pullet.
     

  2. joedie

    joedie Songster

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    SW Indiana
    The Black Australorps are solid black and some of the feathers have a shiny green look. The black sex links that have are black with red hackle feathers. Sorry, I don't know what the black orps look like. I'm sure those more experienced will pop in here to answer further.
     
  3. RAREROO

    RAREROO Crowing

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    If they came from a hatchery, they wouldn't be Black Orps. I'v only heard of one hatchery that has them.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Most likely, she is a black Australorp. Black Orps aren't that readily available from a hatchery. I know Sandhill Preservation has them and maybe some smaller operations/breeders, but not the big hatcheries that I'm aware of.

    Australorps are more tightly feathered than an Orpington, generally. Once, I heard Australorps referred to as "the poor man's Orpington", which I thought was rather interesting.
     
  5. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

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    Quote:Do you know what hatchery he got them from?

    If there is any reddish-brown in the neck or chest area, then it is most likely a black sex-link, like joedie said. [​IMG]
     
  6. SteveH

    SteveH Songster

    Nov 10, 2009
    West/Central IL
    Quote:I read the same , with an explanation that they were bred down off smaller Black Orps and some outside breeding to get a bird with more eggs , require less feed because of smaller size , yet retain the appearence and broodiness of the Orpington .
     
  7. RAREROO

    RAREROO Crowing

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    Quote:I read the same , with an explanation that they were bred down off smaller Black Orps and some outside breeding to get a bird with more eggs , require less feed because of smaller size , yet retain the appearence and broodiness of the Orpington .

    Yep If I remember correcltly they were bred in Austrailia useing Black Orping tons, hense the name Austral Orp.
     

  8. jwchicklady

    jwchicklady Songster

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    thank you, I am pretty sure she is a black australorp then. she has the greenish sheen that the black orps have--but she is smaller than my buff orps. she is so sweet!
     

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