Buff Orpingtons Chicken Breed Information Pictures

Buff Orpington's are one of the favorite breeds of BackYard chicken owners. They are beautiful with a nice personality and winter hardiness.
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    BUFF ORPINGTON HENS

    Revised 1/5/12


    the Scarlett Johanssons of the chicken world...
    Raising Buffs as an entertaining, fun complement to a garden yard.



    Buff Orpington pullet, about five months old.
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    The Buff Orpington breed is a great choice for a backyard chicken - beautiful with a nice personality and winter hardiness. The breed originated in Orpington, Kent, United Kingdom in the late 1800's. There are Black Orpingtons, White Orpingtons, Blue Orpingtons (somewhat rare), and Buff Orpingtons - the Buff color being the most prevalent. They are raised for the purposes of both meat and egg production (a "dual purpose" breed).
    Their temperment is calm and friendly, as opposed to flighty, skittish or agressive. I had read that in a flock containing different breeds of chickens, Buff Orpingtons were often "picked on" because of their relative docility. So when we knew we would only be able to have five birds, we decided all five should be Buffs, rather than a mixed flock. Here they are in the afternoon sun. Their color really looks golden in natural sunlight.




    RAISING THEM FROM DAY-OLD CHICKS

    The chicks came from McMurray Hatcheries in May of 2007. They arrived at the Post Office on a Monday morning, and spent a good part of their first day here taking naps.
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    Here they are in their brooder bin, discussing how to kick shavings into their water dish.


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    .After a day or two, they were VERY active, very busy exploring every single aspect of their brooder box with their inquisitive beaks. They didn't like getting picked up at all, as a matter of fact, they screamed bloody murder every time
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    A photo shoot outdoors (for a penpal in New Zealand), with NZ Hawera Narcissus blooming:
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    At one week old (with genuine beginner wing feathers!):
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    We were surprised how fast they grew and how active they were. After about three weeks in their first brooder, we had to find a bigger box for them to run around in. Then they discovered flying, and they kept flying up to perch on the edges of the bigger box, where they tottered precariously.

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    Here they are exploring the snow peas in a temporary garden pen during that famous dinosaur chick phase:
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    At five weeks, they were feathered out enough to spend their days and nights in the just-finished coop. They spent a few weeks cooped up there until the wire enclosure was built, but that taught them where "home" was, and they go into the coop by themselves when dusk falls now.
    As adult birds, they still don't like being picked up. But if I sit down in the run with them, they will jump up on my knees and allow gentle pets on the back.
    They all get along very well with each other. They don't squabble or peck at each other. Their coop is just big enough for five large birds. We definitely can't get more unless we build another coop and wire enclosure.
    As you can see, they have very fluffy chicken butts. They get fluffier looking as they get older. If chickens could be matched to celebraties, Buff Orpington hens would all be Scarlett Johansson.
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    EGGS:
    The first girl started laying at 24 weeks old. It was a small egg, but perfect. It came exactly one week after one of the pullets did the "egg squat" in front of me when I went to give them treats. The following photo is of the VERY FIRST EGG, laid in the wrong place - right in the doorway of the coop!
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    I put some golf balls in the nestbox to give the girls the idea about the CORRECT place to lay their eggs, and they figured it out, those brilliant girls! We got about 2 or 3 eggs a day most of the months of the year. Now that they are 4 years old, between the four hens, we get about one egg every other day, WHEN their majesties feel like laying at all. They take long breaks twice a year.
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    Busy laying ("Can I get some privacy here please??")
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    Which one of you did THIS?
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    A few months after they started laying, our fridge was full of fresh eggs, and my Dear Husband left this note for me:
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    One day, there was only one egg in the nestbox and I came home to this note:
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    The photo below is of Pumpkin appearing as her evil twin "Miss Grumpy Pants". This is what a broody hen looks like. You should hear them growl! Note the feathers fluffed up high - trying to convince us that she is a giant fierce chicken (albeit a little camera shy).

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    Here she is taking a quick dustbath after I tossed her out of the nestbox for a break:
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    Daily life in the run.
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    A rare visit inside the house (on this occasion for a butt scrub because SOMEbody fell behind on her personal hygiene!) (Yes, you Miss Floppy.)
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    Here is a pullet NOT AMUSED by her new fancy red bandana !
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    Bedtime.
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    They are beautiful birds, with the possible exception of when one of them has a trainwreck moult! Poor Biscuit!
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    Meeting a winter entertainment device called "hay" for the first time.
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    Take a bow, girls. We love fluffy butts!
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    Thank you for visiting our page. We hope you get Buff Orps for your flock.









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  1. misfitwins
    they are beautiful
  2. Mountainwalker
    We have one buff named goldy and we love her! she is a great mama hen, took care of 4 chicks and 2 guinea fowl and she never jumps the fence to sneak into the garden, NEVER! we love her for that and let her keep her wing feathers, she also earned her respectful place to finishing her life at old age instead of in a soup.
    Our australorps however are renegades, they get into the garden in every chance they get! so they get their wings trimmed.
    I ordered more buffs so I can breed them myself, wonderful wonderful birds.
  3. MappaM
    Very attractive girls. Thank you
  4. ChickenyChickeny
    I have 1 buff orpington, her name is Buffy (BUFFy? BUFF Orpington? Get it) and she's a nice chicken. If I lure her (usually with raisins) onto sitting on my lap, she will NOT leave unless I pick her up. She hates being picked up though.... the last time I tried she got scared and tried to grab onto my arm really hard, and, well, to make a long story short I now have a scar on me arm from Buffy LOL
  5. ChickenyChickeny
    I have 1 buff orpington, her name is Buffy (BUFFy? BUFF Orpington? Get it) and she's a nice chicken. If I lure her (usually with raisins) onto sitting on my lap, she will NOT leave unless I pick her up. She hates being picked up though.... the last time I tried she got scared and tried to grab onto my arm really hard, and, well, to make a long story short I now have a scar on me arm from Buffy LOL
  6. russiansage2007
    I have one Buff Orpington hen who should start laying soon and 8 other hens. I really like the color. She doesn't like to be pet much, but she's fun to watch and does not bother the other chickens.
  7. AbsterliniChicken4
    I don't have Buff Orpingtons, but I have one Splash Orpington and one black!
  8. Kluk-Kluk
    Thanks for you write-up. What sweet-looking girls. Looking forward to getting some Orpingtons! Love the fluffy butts! :-D
  9. extrememainer
    I love the picture of them dusting my chickens dust in a little posse
  10. extrememainer
    Wow I think I might get some buffs
  11. silkie10
    really like the names! they are very good for buffs.
  12. silkie10
    :goodpost: loooooooooove it!!!:bow
  13. PeacefulPlace
    Lovely article. I just got 3 buffs this spring. Sweet, entertaining birds.
  14. Amanda McCleary
    Hello there, I am from the USA....I have buff O's in my flock...they are one of my favorites because they are the best mothers and good protectors of their eggs....they also are good layers and they are hardy through the winter but thing that i find with my buff o"s is that they are the boss of my barn yard...they don't put with any rooster's crap....Mine like people to pet them but not handle them...we have one named Gorgeous George...he has four hens and he protects them from the rest of the flock....I am glad you have buff's they are nice birds..
  15. birdmandan
    I've had a number of egg laying breeds in the past. Orpingtons were, by far, the friendliest.
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  16. Providence Chick
    Cute article!
    We have Buff Orpingtons too. We are branching out with a variety to get more egg colors.
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    2. extrememainer
      Great idea!!!
  17. DuckPro
    thank you for the flattering description!
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  18. 13ChickenGirl
    Nothin' like those fluffy butts!!!! I love my Buff Orpington Roo's butt!!! It's like, mega fluff. :lau:woot
  19. DuckPro
    Hehe look at my profile name and pic! I ADORE buff orps as they are so cute! Can I have your permission to use one of your photos as my profile pic?
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  20. redblack10
    Fun article - great pictures! I brought Buff (so original) home from Farm and Fleet - she was a leftover from Chick Days. I think her big roundness prevents others from bullying her, because she IS very docile - I love her fluffy butt. :)
  21. Chicken Wisperer
    Love the pics of your birds. We have 2 Buff Orpington's, 2 Turkins, 2 Polish, and some others I don't know exactly what they are.
    My question is:

    The bird that is my Icon, i don't know if it is a male or female, I don't know how to tell. They were born in Feb 2017, no one is crowing , so I don't know??
    I dont know how to post pics on this site yet...
    1. 13ChickenGirl
      Hit "upload a file" then choose or take a picture.
  22. BabyGirl2
    Loved the pictures and article. I would love to get some buff orps, but I have game chickens, don't think they'll mix well. But your girls are beauties.
  23. RAsChickens
    Aww! I have 4 Buff Pullets, 14 weeks old. They know their names and come when I call them! I also have my BPR, Gidget, with them. Whilst she's the dominant one, she doesn't pick on them unless one is either annoying her, stealing food, or invades her personal space.
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  24. 13ChickenGirl
    Love my Buff Orpington Roo!!! He is my baby that follows me around the yard and comes when I call. :love
  25. sassysarah123
    Love this! Beautiful birds!
  26. ChickyChickens
    I love this!! I have just ordered some BO eggs!!!
  27. Ilovefarming
    I WANT ONE!!!!!
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  28. sealmonk
    We have one Buff and she is my favorite! She lets me pick her up and love all over her. Matter of fact she expects a hug at least once a night. She isn't picked on because she is the larges bird we have....love those Buff's
  29. leedle1965
    I have two and love my girls. Their names are Pearl and Ivy.
  30. Mountain Peeps
    Love your article!! I have three buff orps and they are my favorite chicken breed! I love buff orps!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D
  31. Chickenman2000X
    awsome commentary beautiful picturs
  32. limacatz
    Loved your nice pictures and text.
    Can you tell me how do I know how much coop space I need for 8 Buff ?
    Thanks!
  33. Jim N Phyl
    WOW ! Love your post and great pictures . We are thinking of getting some Buffs to add to our flock.
  34. ntsorvas
    Could you tell me the dimensions of your run?
  35. JT_KROL
    Hi, No Chickens yet still investigating. If this is my first time with chickens and I am looking for eggs and meat for a family of 5 should I get 5 or 10 of these birds? Also I have read that they are doscile and quiet...do you know what exactly "Quiet" means? I would love to get a rooster and have a few of my own hatchlings but my neighbors might not like the noise...how noisy are they?
  36. chews chooks
    i second that very interesting
  37. Birdgirl99
    I got 2 buffs in decmber of 2011 one got depacitated by a opossum [very very tragic and buffy will be missed dearly] but buffers the other one is doing fine and i have a mixed flock of 1 RIR 3 black stars 1 buff orpington and 2 easter eggers and they are doing fine they were all hand raised by me at 1 day old and are such sweeties and today i'm bumping up my flock of 2 buff orpingtons
  38. Coopdeville682
    Great article about your chickies! I laughed out loud! I have three lavendar orps myself and I absolutly love the little guys. I never planned on having a roo, but after facing the harsh truth that one is a roo, I'm thinking of keeping him, as he is just so friendly. Love the Orps!!!!
  39. itsthelaw37801
    This was the best story. I want more.
  40. Oliveroblong
    Very enjoyable blog! Great coop and run and your girls look happy and obviously well looked after! :)
  41. shecna
    Hey- I just picked up my first 5 Buff Orpington chickens. I absoulutely love them, except some of the feathers on one or two of them are missing. Will they grow back? They are only 3-4 weeks old. Please mesage me or respond here ASAP!!!
  42. powellchicks
    Enjoyed reading about your gals
  43. animallover505
    I'm getting 2 hens!
  44. Ourfamilyflock
    Can you tell me how big your adults are? We have 3 Buff and one Buff Ameracuana mix (who will likely be a bit bigger) at 10 weeks, so just trying to figure out if I need to expand their coop or not. We have 8 in all, only planned on having 4...chicken math got to love it. Can you give me an idea on the height and width of your birds, or at least the size of your nest boxes so I can guess. :) Thanks!
  45. rdehorney
    Nice chickens. We just got 5 chickens, 2 of which are buffs that are a few months younger than the other chickens. The others do pick on the buffs but I am hoping that stops once they are full grown. They are pullets at the moment.
  46. KimKimWilliamso
    I have one Buff Orpington in my small mixed flock, and its true, the Roo (a tiny Mille Fleur) picks on her alot, but not the other girls. He is bossy with her, pecking her and chest bumping her often.....and they are only 9 weeks old. Her name is Eleanor, and she is our calmest, most friendly hen. Easiest to catch at night, most tolerable of affection, quickest to pick up on or adjust to new things. I love her :)
  47. therisingers
    We only lost one of our babies. We have 8 hens and 4 roosters so far. We have picked out our "guy" to keep and as soon as the others are old and big enough (including our sexlinks) we will be adding to the freezer. We have also just gotten a few banties from Orschelns. I'm surprised that my son bought them but his 11 year old sister REALLY wanted them. The one that is everyone's favorite is called "Bandy" and she's white with a HUGE black tail. She's SO tiny and she gets under and in between my Buffs. SO cute. Two of the others have fuzzy feet and one looks like a mini Buff but not sure WHAT it is. We may eat them if they become an issue but Bandy is safe....LOL I LOVE this page!!! Thanks for sharing!
  48. Rnurse79
    What a great...and hilarious commentary! Thanks!
  49. CreamOfWeber
    I love your post! Very cute :D
  50. AaronMPentz
    Great post. Love all the pictures. We currently have 6, 6 day old pullets ....my two kids love them!
    I'd love to see more of the coop and design.

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