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 pullet, about five months old.



    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.


    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.
    Here, Little Joey suspects his life is about to change...[​IMG]

    Here they are in their brooder bin, discussing how to kick shavings into their water dish.


    .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

    A photo shoot outdoors (for a penpal in New Zealand), with NZ Hawera Narcissus blooming:

    At one week old (with genuine beginner wing feathers!):
    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.

    Here they are playing with my rubber art stamps. [​IMG]

    Here they are exploring the snow peas in a temporary garden pen during that famous dinosaur chick phase:
    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.

    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!
    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.

    Busy laying ("Can I get some privacy here please??")

    Which one of you did THIS?

    A few months after they started laying, our fridge was full of fresh eggs, and my Dear Husband left this note for me:

    One day, there was only one egg in the nestbox and I came home to this note:

    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).


    Here she is taking a quick dustbath after I tossed her out of the nestbox for a break:

    Daily life in the run.

    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.)

    Here is a pullet NOT AMUSED by her new fancy red bandana !


    They are beautiful birds, with the possible exception of when one of them has a trainwreck moult! Poor Biscuit!

    Meeting a winter entertainment device called "hay" for the first time.

    Take a bow, girls. We love fluffy butts!
    Thank you for visiting our page. We hope you get Buff Orps for your flock.

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  1. 13ChickenGirl
    Nothin' like those fluffy butts!!!! I love my Buff Orpington Roo's butt!!! It's like, mega fluff. :lau:woot
  2. 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
  3. BuckeyeBirdies
    Great article! I too am a Buff fan! My Buff roo is Bo, lol.Bo is my shadow and will even follow me in the house! But I have a 9Mon old Buff hen, that was acting broody for over a week. Hubby put a few turkey eggs under her. Should hatch next week.I have never had a girl go broody at such a young age.:confused:
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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!!!
  6. DuckPro
    thank you for the flattering description!
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  7. Ilovefarming
    I WANT ONE!!!!!
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  8. Ashley McDaniel
    This was the best article! Very informing, funny, and heart warming all at the same time. We have been doing a lot of research on the Buff Orpington and have been contemplating getting a few for a while now. After reading your article, I think I finally have the hubby SOLD! Thank you for sharing your experience , expertise and awesome pics of your lovely, entertaining fluffy butts lol
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  9. The Phantom
    I love my buffs!
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  10. Doodlemom
    I LOVE this breed. As a first time chicken owner I started out with 6 TS buff chicks. I managed to pick 5 girls and 1 boy. I found a home for the boy and kept my girls. Well needless to say the following Spring I hatched my first English Orpington who turned out to be a Buff roo on Super Bowl Sunday so I named him Touchdown. He just turned 1 and I have two of his daughters that I hatched out 2 month ago. I recently purchased 6 English Buff/Isabels and it looks like there are two roos and four pullets. I also just received my dozen Golden Laced Orpington eggs from CA and hopefully they will hatch the day before St. Patrick's Day. All of my originals and Touchdown don't mind being held and they follow me all over the place. My girls even squat when I pet them which confuses Touchdown. I would recommend Orpingtons 100%!
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  11. valschicksrus
    Hello, I really enjoyed your article about your "Buffs". I love them too and will be getting some this spring to join my new flock. PS your husband has a great sense of humor!!
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  12. Major Champ
    They are very pretty birds and thanks for sharing their growing adventures! Pictures were fabulous! ! !
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  13. allosaurusrock
    I love the coop!
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  14. Abriana
    What cute pics! I love your flock.
    I would suggest some grass/other greenery in the run.
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  15. DrStein
    I have 3 buffs I bought at an auction about 2 months ago not knowing how old they were for sure. Finally JUST today we got 4 of the prettiest "fart eggs" . I feel like a proud new mama! We are in our late 60's and this is our first experience with raising chickens.
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  16. MappaM
    Very attractive girls. Thank you
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  17. AbsterliniChicken4
    I don't have Buff Orpingtons, but I have one Splash Orpington and one black!
      Cryss likes this.
  18. extrememainer
    I love the picture of them dusting my chickens dust in a little posse
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  19. extrememainer
    Wow I think I might get some buffs
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  20. 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..
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  21. birdmandan
    I've had a number of egg laying breeds in the past. Orpingtons were, by far, the friendliest.
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  22. 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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  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. marygreene
    Thanks for the great article. Your article is very helpful. Lots of good information.

    I had done some research and decided that Buff Orpingtons were best for me. I have 6 Buff Orpingtons and because one was failing to thrive, I purchased some new chicks to keep her company...except the new ones are a different type (Production Red).

    So far everyone is getting along and all are growing at an acceptable rate. I am looking forward to these fluffy-butt girls. Hmmm, do chickens resemble their owners? In my case, that would be a big fat yes!:lau
  25. Chicken Cowgirl <3
    Awe great article <3 buff Orpingtons seem to be a nice breed...
  26. Dennis Noble
    Great article and pictures. I will defiantly be adding Orphs.
  27. Better Than Rubies
    Fun article! Lovely pictures. :D
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  29. 4 ever Orpington
    Being a Orpington lover myself. I loved the article. Those girls are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
  30. Dean Wood
    Beautiful birds, I have a cock and 4 hens in my flock. Always looking for hatching eggs to add now blood to my flock
  31. koopmaster
    Great write up and pictures!
    We are located in N.Y. state and got 6 straight run buff O' a couple years back from TSC. We ended up with 2 roosters and 5 hens... lucky! They ARE great birds, friendly, but don't underestimate them! They will hold thier own.
  32. koopmaster
    Great pics, and very good article! Thank you for sharing.
    We have 5 Buff Orp hens and 1 Buff Orp rooster in our flock, great birds!
  33. staceyj
    Great photos and very good information!
    Your buffs are beauties and your yard/garden/coop is gorgeous.
  34. misfitwins
    they are beautiful
  35. 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
  36. 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.
  37. Kluk-Kluk
    Thanks for you write-up. What sweet-looking girls. Looking forward to getting some Orpingtons! Love the fluffy butts! :-D
  38. silkie10
    really like the names! they are very good for buffs.
  39. silkie10
    :goodpost: loooooooooove it!!!:bow
  40. PeacefulPlace
    Lovely article. I just got 3 buffs this spring. Sweet, entertaining birds.
  41. 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. :)
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 13ChickenGirl
    Love my Buff Orpington Roo!!! He is my baby that follows me around the yard and comes when I call. :love
  45. sassysarah123
    Love this! Beautiful birds!
  46. ChickyChickens
    I love this!! I have just ordered some BO eggs!!!
  47. 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
  48. leedle1965
    I have two and love my girls. Their names are Pearl and Ivy.
  49. Mountain Peeps
    Love your article!! I have three buff orps and they are my favorite chicken breed! I love buff orps!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D
  50. Chickenman2000X
    awsome commentary beautiful picturs

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