Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
Other common names: Buff Orpington Duck; Orpington Duck
The Buff Orpington duck is an English breed, developed by William Cook of Orpington, Kent. Mr. Cook originally created four color varieties of the Orpington duck, including Black, Buff, Buff and White. Today, the Buff variety is the only that remains, and was produced through the crossing of Aylesbury, Cayuga, Rouen and Runner Ducks. The Buff was introduced to the United States in 1908, and was admitted to the Standard of Perfection only six years later. Today, the breed remains popular throughout much of Europe and North America.
Varieties: Blond, Brown, Buff
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Pets
Personality: Gentle and friendly
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or a large pen
Capable of flight: Can jump/fly over three - four foot fences
Weight: 7 - 8 lbs
Noise level: Average
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: White, Tinted
Meat production: This breed is heavier than most egg laying breeds, and is suitable for people wanting an egg layer and table bird. Light pin feathers cause the Buff Orpington to dress well.
What else you should know:
The Buff Orpington duck has a blue dilution gene, that causes ducklings to hatch in three different colors. The three colors are Buff, Blond and Brown. Only Buff is recognized by the standard of perfection.
hygiene habits, mud pit, mess
Buff Duck is the best duck for me. I had other types, but this is definitely the best. The most important thing for me is meat quality and temperament. Meat is very good quality and ducks are calm and friendly..
From OrawskiGaming Jul 21 2015 1:28PM
I’ve kept a few buff ducks as part of an experiment with urban poultry and they have been an informative experience. I’ve read that they lay around 220 eggs per year, so much like the Pekins I have I’m hoping that this is a saving grace for them. I’ve kept only drakes. They have not been as aggressive as the Pekins, but are not nearly as tame or delicious as the Muscovy Ducks. Like the Pekins, and Khaki’s the Buff requires a large source of water. Their hygiene habits have contributed to about half of my backyard being turned into a mud pit. In terms of urban farming they are simply not worth the effort to me. The negative to the buff is primarily in the mess. I like animals that can provide a hefty utility or income with a minimal need for time invested (need vs. what I actually spend is always different since I love my birds!). The buff just couldn’t meet my standards..
From Travis A. Wooten Jun 16 2014 11:28AM