Pictures of my blue,splash,black and buff orpingtions

Bridgewater, ME

This is Handsome my rooster,I`m sure you all know the story of him.

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Bridgewater, ME

My buff rooster he is only 6 months old

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Bridgewater, ME

Other splash rooster,they are all young 5 to 8 months old

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Bridgewater, ME

My one and only black orp pullet,trying to find more blacks man they are hard to find.Iguess I will order eggs off ebay

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Bridgewater, ME

My blue pullet

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Bridgewater, ME

Another blue

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Bridgewater, ME

splash pullet

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(Zone 6b)

They are all just gorgeous. I saw these two giant chickens at the show, I think they were buff orpington's but not sure. The lady said they weren't even fullly grown, and they were huge.

Richmond, TX

Could the giant chickens have been Jersey Giants? I know they are now breeding them in a number of colors.

Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

they are beautiful especially Handsome and the other Splash Roo

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Great looking birds.

Eatonton, GA(Zone 8b)

Im so jealous!!! Such beautiful chickens!!!

Buffalo, WV(Zone 7a)

I got some three month old Blue and Blue Splash Orpingtons last fall. They just starting laying a couple weeks ago. Hard to believe how big this breed is. Going to have to rebuild the nest boxes as they are too small :) These come from American show lines. They are a beautiful breed/color.
Lana

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Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

they are beautiful

Bridgewater, ME

Oh my! They are beautiful thats what I am breeding for is the size and fluffyness.just got 10 eggs that have 50% english in them so that should help my flock.Sad news about my bbs rooster handsome,had to put him down he got to nasty even with my dh,it was becomming such a chore trying to carry a broom around and do my chores or make sure I could get him outside then shut up the coop,he had that look in his eye that said it would not get any better.I had always said I would not keep a nasty rooster around never thought it would be me.

Richmond, TX

Sorry to hear about Handsome - ungrateful cad!

Bridgewater, ME

Quote from porkpal :
Sorry to hear about Handsome - ungrateful cad!


I thought so to.I thought that orpington roosters were all nice,but I thought wrong.

Mint Hill, NC(Zone 7b)

Did you keep any of the eggs for offspring or do you not want to risk getting another bad boy?

Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

oh how sad. Especially with all you did to make him well

Bridgewater, ME

I have four under his sister who went broody yesterday,and 30 in the incubator,his sisters are the sweetest hens so friendly.

Mint Hill, NC(Zone 7b)

Hopefully the babies take after their mommas.

Eatonton, GA(Zone 8b)

Well green I do wish only the Bestest of luck for your new babies!....Oh and we are neck and neck again... I just set my incu Saturday! I have it full again too!

Bridgewater, ME

This will be fun,lets see who has the first baby.

Eatonton, GA(Zone 8b)

Sorry Green! No eggies ! Came home to find the thermostat had been maliciously turned all the way up while I was at work. Temp was over 120 in incu. Devastated!!! Seems I had a nosey neighbor teen visit my outside building while I was gone. Footprints were on ground in mud. It is being handled.....now to find a BIG padlock for my Building! I had some surprises in that batch of gifted eggs.... red Silkies, blue Marans, White marans,Cuckoo Marans, buff brahma Bantams and standard brahma. Plus my own Project babies Buff OrpsXMaran. Oh well I will have Serama mommies going broody any day now. I can always get more eggs from my friend. It just puts me way behind in growing them out! ( sigh)

Hornick, IA(Zone 4b)

If only those teens who use all there knowledge for destruction used it for good they could make a community proud of their younger generation.
I too thought that Orpingtons were mild mannered. At least that is what most of the information says. I'm mostly after eggs so don't really need a Roo, however I would like to see little chicks every now and then to keep the flock going, without having to re order 25 chicks at a time. Not sure of the cost of keeping a rooster but seeing a bunch of new chicks hatch out is worth a lot too.
So now what rooster do I want?? LOL
I'll toss that around for a while, as I'm not in a rush.

Bridgewater, ME

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Sorry Green! No eggies ! Came home to find the thermostat had been maliciously turned all the way up while I was at work. Temp was over 120 in incu. Devastated!!! Seems I had a nosey neighbor teen visit my outside building while I was gone. Footprints were on ground in mud. It is being handled.....now to find a BIG padlock for my Building! I had some surprises in that batch of gifted eggs.... red Silkies, blue Marans, White marans,Cuckoo Marans, buff brahma Bantams and standard brahma. Plus my own Project babies Buff OrpsXMaran. Oh well I will have Serama mommies going broody any day now. I can always get more eggs from my friend. It just puts me way behind in growing them out! ( sigh)


Oh Eufaula I am so sorry! I just don` understand why kids think they need to do things like that.I`m glad its being handled and I hope its being handled hard.

Bridgewater, ME

Quote from randbponder :
If only those teens who use all there knowledge for destruction used it for good they could make a community proud of their younger generation.
I too thought that Orpingtons were mild mannered. At least that is what most of the information says. I'm mostly after eggs so don't really need a Roo, however I would like to see little chicks every now and then to keep the flock going, without having to re order 25 chicks at a time. Not sure of the cost of keeping a rooster but seeing a bunch of new chicks hatch out is worth a lot too.
So now what rooster do I want?? LOL
I'll toss that around for a while, as I'm not in a rush.


I lkie having a rooster becasue I lkie the crowing,I do still have crowing from my silkie roosters.Also I lkie having the fertile eggs when they go broody,its nots such a waste of their time and.I wish now I could have kept the other splash rooster.Oh well I have one that is a few weeks old he should be ready to breed in a few months.

Pelzer, SC(Zone 7b)



There was a thread about this, but I think it was about small roosters. Maybe start one? It's always fun to see what people have found among their own flocks.

For me, if I wanted to have a rooster that would continue to produce good laying hens, and was still a "nice" boy, I'd go for a Turken.
I know that many people dislike them, but they are good layers (the hens) and are generally amiable. Now, my Cochin roos are very sweet, but not such great layers. My Ameracaunas are great layers (and I love the blue/green eggs) but are not so friendly. You might get absolutely opposite info from the next person, but that's half the fun:)

Hornick, IA(Zone 4b)

I like the way the ameracauna roo looks Just wonder how it would work out with my Barred Rocks & Red Sex Links. Maybe add some color in with the brown eggs???LOL
I will give that some time before decideing.

Pelzer, SC(Zone 7b)

Actually, yes, it will. You are unlikely to get the blue eggs, but my mixes lay different shades of green, from sage to olive. And, the new ones will probably have the cheek muffs and maybe the beards that I find so endearing:)

Hornick, IA(Zone 4b)

That would be very different, Rrrright??

Pelzer, SC(Zone 7b)

I'm fond of all of that, but then, I like Turkens :)

Hornick, IA(Zone 4b)

I think they may have fewer problems than the
Cornish Rock Broilers but for this year that is what I have. I have lost 2 that just suddenly died and 1 that now can't walk. I think they just gain weight way too fast and the rest of their body just can't keep up, weather it be bone structure or their heart. I don't know for certain but it appears like that may be the case.

(Zone 6b)

Cat, I like showgirls. Didn't think I did, but I DO!

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

It seems Cornish Rock Broilers are meat birds only as they have real problems as they get older. But how do they get any to live long enough to get hatching eggs from them?

For egg color I like my EEs. For egg size and good temperment I like my Golden Comet. For looks I like my bantam Blue Spanish Muff game cock. For laying consistently I like my RSLs. And for broodiness I like my William MaCrea Roundhead game hen. But the RSLs are pushy pigs and the EEs don't like to be petted.

Richmond, TX

Cornish Rocks are a cross breed: a Cornish rooster bred to a White Rock hen. So the resulting chicks are never bred one to another.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Well, that explains it! Thanks.

Hornick, IA(Zone 4b)

Our Cornish rock venture was kind of a family adventure. We all wanted a fast growing chicken and it was for meat. Talk about pigs, after about the 2nd. or 3rd. week 35 chicks would eat 5 gallons of feed a day. They grew so fast that they had trouble walking. they would just plunk down in front of the feeder and gorge themselves then waddle over to the water and drink their fill. I had to move the chicken tractor every couple days, they fertilized the area very well. The cost is about the same as going to the store and buying them as desired. But we know what they ate. I think about another couple weeks and we will have them all processed.
I have 12 Barred Rocks that are a lot more interesting. They don't eat a lot of the prepared feed but they come running up to me when I am out to check on them. They know I will have a treat for them, They love bread. I started that routine with some of my homemade bread that had dried out. So now I go to the bakery and get what didn't sell they have it already bagged up. I didn't check but think its somewhere around 15 lbs for $2.50. The thing is they love it and they come running. They won't run the other way when I want to see if they are all there.

Hornick, IA(Zone 4b)

Just thought I would mention, I don't think I will go with Cornish Rock again.
True you get a lot of breast meat and a large bird within 2 months that is very tender.
I remember my parents raising various breeds of chickens and that is what we done then. Of course for our family it took 2 chickens for a meal. Sometimes that meant 2 at noon and 2 for supper along with the usual potatoes, gravy, veggies and bread. The chickens were free range so their feed was nearly free as there was always some spillage around the elevator and back then it actually paid to raise livestock, so we kept back enough grain to take care of everything, buying feed was not the norm.
Well now 70 some years later we are all grownup married and our children raised and we are downsized to just two, we don't need a big bird. lol

I too think the bantams have showier plumage. I just didn't know if they would provide a sizable egg. I want to try sell a large egg and hoping it will pay as social security only, don't leave much to get by on.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

I have found the most consistent layers for me have been the Red Sexlinks. My Momma has had great duccess with the Black Sexlinks and I like their personalities a lot better than the red. For egg size I'd have to go with the Golden Comet, hands down.

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