The Orpington chicken was developed by William Cook in Orpington in Kent, England in 1886. Mr. Cook's goal was to create a dual purpose bird which would have a good table weight and could lay around 150 - 180 eggs a year. He created the Orpington by crossing Minorcas, Langshans and Plymouth Rocks.
The first Orpingtons looked very much like Langshan Chickens, and were all black. Between 1889 and 1905, Mr. Cook developed White Orpingtons, Buff Orpingtons (with a rich golden buff plumage) and Blue Orpingtons. The Orpington bantam chicken was later developed in Germany.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Blue, Brown Red, Buff, Buff Columbian, Chocolate, Chocolate Mottled, Cuckoo, Gold Laced, Lavender, Lemon Cuckoo, Jubilee, Mottled, Partridge, Silver Laced, White and more
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Ornamental, Pets
Bantam: 34 - 38 oz
Largefowl: 8 - 10 lbs
Personality: Docile and very sweet, a fine choice for a pet
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Large
What else you should know:
With exhibition quality Orpingtons, special care should be taken to keep birds in dry and well drained housing. Otherwise, their fluffy feathers can easily get muddy and turn them into a mess. Pop may also collect near your birds vent. Occasional bathing or trimming, may prove necessary.
Because of their extra fluff, Orpingtons are more prone to mite and lice infestations. Check your birds monthly and treat as necessary. If you are breeding your fowl, you may have to trim their vents to improve fertility.
Orpingtons are naturally lazy and are prone to getting fat. To help prevent this from occurring, you can rake your chickens feed into leaves or straw.
sweet birds, large dual purpose, Consistent layers, friendly birds, great backyard chickens
raccoons, bit overweight, adequate coop space
fantastic mothers, natural flock leaders, beautiful soft feathery, longer laying season, big body
Best Heritage Breed IMHO
I can't think of a better chicken for the backyard flock, or homestead! These chickens were the hardiest, run-aroundiest, eating every blade of grass, bug and weed in sight! They lay through the winter, and they get big, which are two traits I needed in a bird, PLUS they are fantastic foragers, and will also brood their eggs (if you want them too), just be aware that they will like to hide them. For long term, sustainable poultry, these birds are the king!.
From Adam Schneider Sep 3 2017 12:08AM
The Friendliest Egg Producer You'll Ever Own
Orpington chickens are a great to have around, especially if you want hens that will produce plenty of eggs. They produce eggs all throughout the winter, which is a fantastic (and potentially lucrative) bonus. They have thick feathers that prevent them from getting frostbite, so they are fairly low maintenance throughout the winter months. In addition to being great layers, these hens are also just gentle, fun, nice chickens to have around. Unlike some other breeds that can be fairly aggressive, orpingtons are docile creatures who won’t give you any grief. If there is any drawback with this breed, it is that they are not particularly intelligent. We have had some run-ins with coyotes over the years, and our orpingtons were always the first to go. However, if you don’t have an issue with coyotes or other predators, these chickens will stick around and keep producing plenty of eggs for you..
From ClareAlise Jul 8 2017 5:38PM
Not a Fan
Disliking Orpingtons is like disliking Labradors--it probably says as much about you as it does the breed. In my case, it makes me a grouchy guy for whom the very qualities that make this breed so beloved--their docile, pet-like temperament--act as more of an annoyance than an attractant. I can generate a kind of grudging respect for a chicken with the good sense to run away from me--and these just aren't those birds.
Joking aside, these guys are fine for the table, and are good layers of medium sized eggs. If you don't mind pushy chickens (and are pretty predator proof, that laid back manner makes them easy pickings) they are probably a good choice..
From ColeAP Jun 25 2015 12:04AM