Other common names: Orloff Chicken
The Russian Orloff Chicken is an ancient, rare dual purpose breed which is believed to have originated in Persia before being brought to Europe in the 17th century. Orloff bantams have been known in Germany since 1925.
According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, "Russian tradition credits Count Orloff – Alexey Grigoryevich Orlov (1737-1808) – with the importation and promotion of this breed of chicken. The Russian Orloff chicken was not known in England and western Europe until 1899. But clearly the breed arrived in America much before this, being included in the American Poultry Association’s standards from the first in 1875 until 1894 when it was removed due to lack of popularity."
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Walnut Comb): Black, Cuckoo, Mahogany, Spangled, White
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Bantam: 36 - 40 oz
Largefowl: 6.5 - 8.5 lbs
Personality: Hens can become very friendly, but most Orloffs are observant and aloof.
Broody: Some bloodlines
Preferred climate: Cool
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Large
What else you should know:
Many bloodlines of Largefowl struggle with fertility and hatchability. Keeping fewer hens with your rooster is recommendable, if this problem occurs. Also, keep a close eye on the humidity in your incubator.
Bantam Russian Orloffs tend to be more broody then the largefowl. The bantam roosters are usually highly aggressive, and are not recommended for children.
hardy, beautiful bird, quiet chickens, winter time, good egg layers
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muffed cheeks, tall straight stature, Bantam Russian Orloff, rare breed chickens, stunning tail feather
If you decide to breed Russian Orloffs, then you need to familiarize yourself with this breed. I want to share my experience with Russian Orloffs, which I have got helping my granny, who has a farm.
The breed is characterized by beautiful appearance, endurance, adaptability to the freezing weather and snowy winters (they have thick plumage neck) and unpretentious to the conditions of feeding and housing. Adult birds can tolerate wet rainy weather, but it does not apply to young, which fledge slowly, and therefore require greater attention during this period. Hens of this breed differed sedate temper. But roosters notable for their aggressiveness and strength so you have yo be careful with them.
Annual productivity of the breed is not very large, here are some of the indicators: eggs laid in one year - 140-160; egg weight - 60 grams; weight of hens - 6.5 - 7 lb; weight rooster - 7,5 - 8 lb..
From max_holt Jun 20 2015 2:20AM
Spangled Orloffs - Quiet and Beautiful
These are quiet chickens that stick together with their breed even in coops of mixed rare breed chickens. The hens are docile, gentle and polite, like an orpingon or a dorking. They would come up to you for treats but were not boisterous. They are very tall, although ours weren't very spangled but by the 2nd molt they had many more spots. Many of their offspring grew up spotty. The muffed cheeks were cute as ever, and the tall straight stature, striking.
Eggs were long and thin and pale speckly brown and our one rooster's fertility was very good. We hatched about 30 chicks in the incubator which always hatched earlier than the other breeds. We never saw the hen/pullets go broody.
As with any breed, roosters should be watched. Ours did attack a leg or two couple or times after his eyesight was damaged in a fight and he had use of one eye. I was concerned he would be bullied but his eyesight did not stop him free ranging his girls and they went everywhere together despite all the other breeds. They were a funny devoted little group.
From skeffling Nov 15 2011 7:26PM
Bantam & Largefowl Russian Orloffs
I used to bred Bantam and Largefowl Spangled Russian Orloffs.
The Bantams: Personality wise, the hens are easy going, calm, sweet, and downright adorable. Unfortunately, the cockerels are a different story. These boys will rip you to shreds, which is why I no longer bred Russian Orloff bantams.
The bantams develop very slowly, and aren't extremely productive. They started laying at 8+ months, and where decent layers of smaller brown eggs. The hens went broody all the time.
Be cautious when buying Russian Orloff bantams. These are extremely rare birds, and finding quality birds is trying. Many Bantam Russian Orloffs lack proper type, beards, and look like walnut combed Speckled Sussex bantams.
Largefowl: These birds are super cute and friendly. We didn't have temperamental problems. The birds grew very slowly, laid reasonably well, and where fine meat fowl. They handled extreme temperatures (hot or cold) with ease, loved to forage, and where rather hardy. Unfortunately, hatching chicks was extremely difficult, and approximately 50% of our birds went down on their hunches before they reached adulthood..
From RhodeRunner Jun 27 2012 10:31AM