What would a Buff Orpington x Delaware look like?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Cowgirl71, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you cross a Buff Orpington rooster with a Delaware hen the chicks would be sex-links (according to Tadkerson's very helpful sticky [​IMG]). What color would the resulting pullet chicks grow up to be? Would they look kinda like a buff columbian? [​IMG] Has anyone done this cross? Thanks!
     
  2. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

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    I have not done Buff Orp, but my BLUE Orp roo and my Del hens produced one pullet that looks like a black sex link - she got the black legs, dark eye and gold leakage on her feathers, and two roos (they had the spots on their head, so I knew at birth) one of which is light blue and lightly barred on his head, tail and neck with a rust spot on one wing, and one roo that is cuckoo patterned- black and cream. Don't know if that helps you or not - you could pm Tadkerson and ask - he is usually extremely nice in helping the rest of us.
     
  3. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I'll do that. [​IMG]
     
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  4. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Male Delaware to female Buff Orpington looks just like Del's with a few splatters of rust colored feathers showing up anywhere including the males tailfeathers. I have some that are 4 and a half months old, from my daughters Buff hen and my Del roo. They are pretty, sweet, good natured, and big birds. They are going to my mothers for a laying flock, and the excess roos go to the freezer this weekend. I have no idea what a Buff roo over a Del hen would create.
     
  5. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks joletabey and Cindiloohoo! That's good to know. [​IMG]

    I asked tadkerson, and he says (BO roo x Delly hen):

    Females- buff columbian like - with very little black in the hackles

    males - delaware like- almost white with some black in the tail- very little or no black in the hackles. Older males may develop some buff or yellowish color in the pyle zone ( neck hackles, back, saddle hackles).

    I was thrilled to here that! I LOVE buff columbian! But all the purebreds with that color are poor layers... Yipee!
     
  6. rsf31tmp

    rsf31tmp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pics please!
     
  7. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well, I haven't done this cross, and neither has Mr. Adkerson.

    BUT, if you're wanting a picture of what a buff columbian bird looks like, here are a few: http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Brahma-B16.aspx ("buff brahma" photos). Mr. Adkerson says that a Buff Orp x Delly hen would have much less black in the hackle feathers (neck feathers).
     
  8. chixalfredo

    chixalfredo New Egg

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    pics please. I just recently had a surprise hatch of a cross between a bantam delaware rooster and a standard buff orpington hen. The chick is goldish colored and the sprouting wing feathers look dark or barred? at 4 days old.
     

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