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
Big Fluffy Beauty
The Buff Orpington is like the Golden Retriever of chickens. They are the perfect family chicken. They are excellent pets for the kiddos and as a 4-H project. My Orpingtons have always been sweethearts and handle the drastic WI climates very well. They are both hot and cold tolerant and they lay beautiful brown eggs throughout the entire winter. One thing to watch with your Orpingtons is their weight. They are super soft and fluffy, which is perfect if you love to handle your clucks, but looks can be deceiving. I once realized, almost too late, that my hens weren't getting enough food because I thought they were bigger than they were! I loaded them up and they became the big ol' biddies they were meant to be. My Orpingtons are excellent foragers and seem to be one of the wiser breeds in my flock. My oldest hen is a free-ranger, survived a hawk attack, and reared two chicks in the "wild." She is 8 years old! .
From annieanalaigh Jan 8 2019 10:23PM
Always provide access to fresh water
Chickens are messy. Their water gets dirty quick. This can be a problem because chickens will usually only drink clean drinking water, like the majority of us. They need water in order to lay eggs so I would change their water around twice a day. Once in the morning then in the evening. Its a simple task and will keep the chickens happy, healthy, and laying plenty of eggs!.
From AmberForsythe17 53 days ago
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