Acquired: Farmyard / Feedstore adoption
Castlewood, South Dakota, United States
Posted Mar 23, 2015
Let me tell you about Buff Orpingtons by telling you about my favorite hen, Tilly. Tilly is about two years old, and in the garden or wandering about the yard, she's everybody's best friend! She'll walk right up to whomever, quizzically clucking and strutting, and on a good night, a person can pick her up like a cat, tuck her head under her wing, and just rock and pet her. She's definitely our friendliest Orpington, but the others are very personable, as well.
Orpington's are great layers. We get a pretty consistent egg a day, and though they're quite broody--you have to physically remove them from the nest to walk around every so often, or else they'll just stay in the nest--they do an excellent job. Their eggs are a nice light brown and run medium to large.
We didn't have as much luck with Orpington roosters. Both that we've tried to raise ended up very aggressive, and we eventually had to...um...find an "alternate" use for them. BUT I still wouldn't hesitate to recommend the hens if you're looking for a friendly layer!