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Yellow Legged Buff Orpington?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by redoak, May 4, 2008.

  1. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    One of my 6 week old buff orpington roosters has yellow legs. The rest of the orpingtons all have pinkish legs, including the other rooster. Beak and feather color are all the same in the 8 chicks. Did the hatchery make a mistake and send me a buff rock instead of a buff orpington?
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Probably a Buff Rock instead of an Orp. They have yellow legs and that's a common hatchery mistake.
  3. That's something this newbie to chickens didn't know! Ran to the entryway to see what color my chick's legs were, pink, WHEW! I might've been talking 'bout things that weren't true, like it was God's Awful Truth;) (One of my fav things to remind myself but forget often: Not everything you hear is God's Awful Truth...)

    edited to include: ...and not everything I SAY is God's Awful Truth...
    Last edited: May 4, 2008
  4. RobinEgg

    RobinEgg Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    whew!! I had to go check legs just now....I thought oh no...but thank goodness mine have pink legs.
  5. seafood

    seafood Songster

    Feb 12, 2008
    Huh...interesting. will have to check my BO's when I get home. I think all three have yellow legs!
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    A very common mistake.... Pure Buff Orpingtons have white /pinkish legs from day one [​IMG]..Buff Rocks are just as nice but they are the yellow legs ...
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    It is a mistake alot of people are making lately. Buff rocks are very nice but there is a difference in the breed standards of the orps and the rocks.

    If a yellow leg should turn up in a buff orp and it is without a doubt a buff orp that chick should be culled but alot of people don't raise for the perfection standard and refuse to cull a bad specimen. It should never be used to breed. It is a major defect in the standard of perfection. If it is bred it shouldn't be passed on as an orp because it perpetuates the flaw.
  8. Evets

    Evets Hatching

    Apr 10, 2008
    Orange County, NC
    Definitely sounds like a Buff [Plymouth] Rock to me; they have VERY yellow legs and beaks.
  9. annabelle

    annabelle In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2008
    Well I guess I have buff rocks, I ordered Orpingtons, but these have very pale yellow legs. Mine are 5 weeks, 2 are pullets for sure but the third (Maggie) has a much larger and more red comb and wattles. Also Maggie has darker feathers that are not as fluffy as her sisters. I hope she is a he, because she is so sweet. Is 5 weeks too early to tell?
  10. seafood

    seafood Songster

    Feb 12, 2008
    This post got me to thinking...so I went home and checked our three "BO".

    Their legs are not a bright yellow...nor are their beaks. But they arent pink either. I would say they are a soft yellowish white.

    Sounds to me like I have the exact scenario that MissPrissy stated. Poorly breed Buff Orps. Guess my girls wont be showing these.

    Anyway...the BO roo we have is the nicest, friendlies chicken of our 10. Hope the neighbors dont make us get rid of him.

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