they are still orpingtons Bill..australian orps..I love them..ben the aussie a gift to me from denise and bob Whitney..we built him a huge outdoor pen this year..we never found decent females for him..tried some hatchery cross but they never lived up to the better parent..too bad..we'll keep trying..a freind and I have been working away at this for a long time..both of us have had our trials..
I'm not sure what you were seeing that you wanted to cull..he looks nice in that photo. Looks like some of your females could strengthen the tail..I'm sure no expert on what could be so wrong with that one..maybe someone could explain to me other than neatening up the tail what I'm missing.. the one in your other photos above would probably ace australorp class. Not sure, there is something about him I like..so hard to tell in a photo isn't it..they have more sides.that tail might just be his age? He looks like a good looking orpington at first glance..
Thank you Aveca. One day at a time. I have been able to throw a little scratch the last two day. My husband is doing the care now. I really want to be in good shape to start breeding some babies here in the fall when it cools down a bit.
Julie, you and Christina, well all of you really are such an asset to the orpington..I hope you get feeling better and make us more beautiful birds to admire..everybody would bejust lost if you ever decided to get out of it..
It has rained and rained here. it was a nightmare trying to get ready for NPIP inspection but we got through..we were soaked ..very cold..inbetween rain showers I managed to sneak out and take a few picutures. I just love these orpington hens. they really do have personalities..this hen goes out to the dry pen to eat her breakfast, if she doesnt like the weather, she goes back in and goes to bed for a while on her perch...hee hee.. lot like me..the rest go out and run around in the rain.
The Germans have the best GL Orps . They have done an outstanding job witht the color. Their buffs are super too.
Gayle I have to agree with you on the standard. I love those mottled. While I have been recovering from heart problems I havent been out to the pens much. They told me a broody black hatched two chicks. I went out this morning to have a look at them and I may have a throw back from a mottled project I worked on several years ago. My husband told me one of the chicks had a lot of white so this morning I got to see it. The head is nearly completely white. If it makes it i will have to watch and see. I had given Big Mama away that carried that gene.
Julie, if you don't plan on keeping the maybe Mottled baby I would love to have him or her! I've decided that Mottled is the other color that I want to work on. I may be getting a Mottled pair from Marc in the fall, maybe.
Those mottled birds are a hard act to follow..that roosters head is as big as that mans fist . Wonderful .Wouldnt you love to tour some of the farms there? we toured a few in England 5 years ago. my nephews use words like "ROTUND" to describe the orpigtons there..he came to see me chickens last year , said hes lovley and rotund..hee hee
Somewhere, and I've lost my place, I was asking about the length of back..and if what I am seeing is structural or feather illusion. im pretty sure its structure but thinking this will alll change as the adult tail feathers come in.Im just not sure what is an example of very good length of back..the cockeral in these photos was 3 mos when I took these, it is still raining a bit..I think he is a bit short backed, but tall..Im wondering where does that come from..some english somewhere way back? Something about this one I really like..thou baby feathers are still falling off all over. the color on all of them is really nice dark green sheen in the light..wide neck feathers as they get older . I would love to see one with the longer back just to understand what I am striving for. for some reason, the shorter thier back the wider they are and deeper it seems.
Sorry about pic size,I put some picures in photobucket but first time using it and havnt figured it all out yet.
LOL..Love him..hows that fabulous black hen you have Julie..you showed a pic of her a while ago..said she was shaping up maybe like you were going to show her..she has been in my mind as darned near perfect orpington blk. Ever since I saw that pic..
Kept thinking that is what I want to strive for..I bought a couple hens a while ago..just loved them , they had a lot of nice things going on like real nice width and tail decent heads.. but lotta flaws too..they tended to be very course..some of the females out of their eggs would develop spurs..people kept calling them giant australorps because they had such a long back..they just never had that final overall appeal for me thou I did try to see what would come out of them.I don't have any of them anymore..lived out till old age and sold the baby's quite a while ago... ..the coarseness bothered me..thou none of them ever produced a white lobe..I think its the hard enamel white that they don't want to see judging isn't it? The hen I have now has lobes seem to change color like a cameleon..bright red when she's walking around but they can turn a real pale pink when she's just laying around the lawn..purple pink when its cold.the cockeral that i kept this year had the shorter back..he just appealed to me in every way..nothing coarse about him, round underneath..we shall see..I knd of pinched myself over that one ..thought he was a mirage..he just gets nicer every day.