Syble, At this stage the pictures reflect the # 1,2, 3,4 look nice but check their ear lobes to make sure they are read pictures sometimes make them look white but they are really red. #6 tail is hanging down and #7 appears high(which I was told not to get excited because that quality may be needed int the future) The last two pictures may be just the way they are standing at the moment but if the last one looks like that I'd cull that one for sure. The second one just stands out for me in the pictures. I am sure others that are more of an expert may give you a better idea which ones are the best.
Post by d12chandler on Nov 30, 2012 18:04:09 GMT -5
I can see why you are looking for a nice male. Give those girls more time and you can judge them better. To me, a orpington can change so much growing up. You just need to take your time. I think they are a very nice set of pullets. I'm with Roger, 7 looks so nice today or picture day. Where do you live?
I expect them to change a fair bit over the next 6 or 8 months, their parent stock took their time to fill in/out. at 5 months old these girls already had more height to them then their mothers, so some progress has been made. I will have to wrangle someone to help me with photos next time. they were either too complacent and holding their tails down or worried and holding them high. I haven't started conditioning any for show yet, I probably should though.
The ear lobes always photograph light. they are not bright red, but they are not white at all. they are just pale pink like their faces. Maybe a rooster of a different line will help to darken that up too.
harrys can you elaborate on the last two girls offending points? They are not standing at a great angle so it doesn't help, but just so i know what to look for when i go out next.
I like the way 2,6&7 look over all. in person they move nicely. One of the pullets is shallow in the breast... hard to see in photos, but in person not so much. I don't see her staying long term.
I split my time between Amherstburg Ontario and Clinton Township Michigan. There are a few buff breeders around, but not much in the black end of things.
I may or may not have a good grasp on them, but I think i need to aim for the girls with the deeper breasts and longest backs. If they are anything like their moms they should fill out in the front a fair bit yet.
its hard for me to try and evaluate them anymore, I keep looking and changing my mind on them all, I try and leave them alone and just wonder more haha
Syble, #6 has a high cushion before the tail in the picture, since you only have 5 pullets I would not cull her for that at this time. #7 just looks like it is having a bad day posing.
I see that last picture you just posted the hen has a pink/flesh ear lobe. She will probably loose that once she starts breeding. I have had a lot more pullets to choose from then you do so maybe I am too critical. They do look nice and if they are larger than their mothers you already improved on them. Just compare them with the black hen at the top of the thread with UOC logo going around it. It is hard to judge from pictures plus you need to find someone near you to help you evaluate them and possibly critique them with you. I always miss the obvious small details since I am flying solo here in Pa.
I sympathize, I'm solo here too, I've talked with other fanciers here, but no one breeds orps so they're always comparing them to another breed.
It has given me some food for thought, I will try and remember to update the photos in a couple months, by which point I hope to have picked at least 1 or 2 to condition for showing. Handling them last night i see that they still have a couple juvenile wing feathers...