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Type and Colour
# Written resulting from research and consultation with other breeders of high standing within the exhibition world, also Judges who specialise in the breed
CARRIAGE :- to be bold, upright and graceful; giving the appearance of an active fowl.
The body should be deep and broad with a ‘cobby’ appearance. With a back that needs to be nicely curved
with a somewhat short concave outline. The saddle must be wide while rising slightly, with a full hackle.
The breast should be broad, deep and well rounded; not flat.
The wings are to be small, nicely formed and carried closely to the body, the ends almost hidden by the saddle hackle.
A rather short tail, that is compact flowing and high, on a level with the birds eyes/head. No higher than the head preferred.
The head must be small and neat, but giving the impression of fullness over the eyes. The beak must be ‘strong’ and nicely curved. With eyes that are large, bold and appear to be soulful.
Remember that the comb is single, small, firmly set on head, evenly serrated and free from side sprigs. No other form of comb is permitted at this time.
A smooth face is essential, with wattles of medium length that should be somewhat rectangular and nicely rounded at the bottom. The ear-lobes should be small and elongated.
The neck should be of medium length, compact, curved nicely giving the impression of ‘gracefulness’ and with a full hackle.
All plumage should be reasonably profuse and close. Not soft, loose and fluffy as in the Cochin or close and hard as in the Game Fowl.
The legs and feet should be short and solid, giving a ‘solid, stocky’ appearance. The thighs should be almost hidden by the body feathers and set well apart. Four toes on each foot, straight and well spread.
The characteristics are similar to that of the male. The cushion should wide and almost flat in appearance with a slight rising to the tail. This is to give the back a graceful appearance with an outline approaching concave.
Male Plumage: Hackles, saddle, wing bow, back and tail dark slate blue. All other areas are to be a medium slate blue. Each feather should show lacing of the darker shade of the back.
Female Plumage: Medium slate blue, laced with darker shade throughout except for head and neck hackle which should be a dark slate blue.
In both sexes: Beak black. Eyes black or very dark brown, black preferred. Comb, face, wattles and ear-lobes red.
Legs and feet black or slate. Soles of feet can be white, black or slate preferred. Toe nails white.
Male and Female plumage: to be black with a steely green sheen. Beak, legs, feet, black. Eyes black. Comb, face, wattles and ear lobes red. Soles of feet white. Toe nails black.
Male and Female plumage: to be a clear even buff throughout to the skin. Beak white or horn, white preferred. Eyes red.
Comb, face, wattles and ear-lobes red. Legs, feet and toe-nails white. Skin white.
Male and Female plumage: Slate (a dark Blue/Grey colour) feathers in all sections crossed throughout their entire length by irregular light and dark bars that stop short of positive black and white. The tip of each feather must be dark. Feathers are to be free from shafting, brownish and/or orange/yellow/red tinge (across the entire body), and free of metallic sheen. Excellence is to be determined by distinct contrasts with an overall blending of all sections. The male can be no more than one shade lighter than the female. Under colour on all sections must be a dark grey to slate. Skin white.
Face, comb, wattles, earlobes and eyes must be red. Beak white. Legs either white or mottled over white skin.
Soles of feet and toe nails must be white.
Any feather resemblance to the Crele or Partridge, or any colour other than Cuckoo is a disqualification.
Male and Female plumage: pure snow white. Beak, legs, feet and skin must be white. Eyes, comb, face, wattles and ear-lobes : red.
Male and Female plumage: a mix of white that has a bluish tinge through to a slaty blue. The blue feathers form irregular shapes distinct from V-shaped ticking. Main tail and primary wing feathers should have a lesser amount of blue than the rest of the plumage. Under colour should be a sooty white and slaty blue evenly distributed. Blue splashes to comprise no more than 50% of plumage.
Face, comb, wattles earlobes red. Eyes black or dark brown. Skin white. Legs and feet white with slate mottling. Toenails white.
Note this colour is not recognised in the APS Edition2.
It is only a recognised colour within The Orpington Club of Australia and is exhibited in the 'open' section with the Champion being eligible for Best in Show at an Orpington Club Show.
It is not eligible for Best in Show at any other Club or Organisations Shows
Blue:- Black, Buff, White, Cuckoo, AORC:-
Male 4.55 - 6.35 kg Male 4.55 - 5.45 kg
Female 3.40 - 4.80 kg Female 3.60 - 4.55 kg
Blue:- Black, Buff, White, Cuckoo, AORC:-
Male 1415 - 1580g Male 1360 - 1470 g
Female 1190 - 1360 g Female 1135 - 1255 g
Side sprigs on comb. White in ear-lobes. Feathers on shanks or feet. Long legs. Any deformity. Yellow skin or yellow on the shanks or feet of any variety. Any yellow or ‘sappiness’ in the White. Coarseness in head, legs or feathers. General disqualifications and Serious Defects as per the Australian Poultry Standards (APS) Edition2