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.
By Buff Hooligans · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. Buff Hooligans


    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.



    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. krazyrabbit
    In my flock of six hens I've got one BO, and she's such a sweetie! So much so that I just got 4 more from a neighbor who had to order too many chicks from Meyer Hatchery, lucky me as they are already 6 weeks old. [​IMG]
  2. 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
  3. leedle1965
    I have two and love my girls. Their names are Pearl and Ivy.
  4. Mountain Peeps
    Love your article!! I have three buff orps and they are my favorite chicken breed! I love buff orps!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D
  5. Chickenman2000X
    awsome commentary beautiful picturs
  6. limacatz
    Loved your nice pictures and text.
    Can you tell me how do I know how much coop space I need for 8 Buff ?
  7. Jim N Phyl
    WOW ! Love your post and great pictures . We are thinking of getting some Buffs to add to our flock.
  8. ntsorvas
    Could you tell me the dimensions of your run?
  9. 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?
  10. chews chooks
    i second that very interesting
  11. 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
  12. 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!!!!
  13. itsthelaw37801
    This was the best story. I want more.
  14. Oliveroblong
    Very enjoyable blog! Great coop and run and your girls look happy and obviously well looked after! :)
  15. 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!!!
  16. powellchicks
    Enjoyed reading about your gals
  17. animallover505
    I'm getting 2 hens!
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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 :)
  21. 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!
  22. Rnurse79
    What a great...and hilarious commentary! Thanks!
  23. CreamOfWeber
    I love your post! Very cute :D
  24. 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.
  25. kpramthis
    A "newby" here. Got our first five today. We also have other breads of chickens. I am looking forward to learning my new hobby, as I have only had the others less than a year. Looking forward to learning much from ya'll.
  26. Thechickster
    It's nice to know our babies arn't the only ones who don't really want to be held
  27. Sonyzee
    Yay for Buffs!!! Thank you for the lovely posts! We got our little flock, well, maybe not so little, 14 hens and one rooster last summer and just love them. Then someone gave me 2 little brown and white girls (breed?) we nicknamed the roadrunners, so I now have 17 chickens. They do have the fluffer butts you describe and we get lots of compliments on how beautiful the girls are. Yes, Puff Daddy the rooster too. Can't forget the pride of the chicken world. lol
  28. therisingers
    I JUST got 13 (baker's dozen) at my local feedstore today of some Buff's and I'm excited! I had some many years ago but this time it different. My profile pic is today's picture. Also got 15 barred sexlink fryers but they won't be around as long as my Buff's. After seeing your VERY interesting page here, I'm really excited about having them now and feel that I made a good choice for our "homestead" now. Thanks and LOVE the pix and commentary! God Bless! Sharlene
  29. Flaca Chick
    Loved this whole page. We just got our first pair of Buff peeps. Can't wait till they get plump. Thanks for sharing!
  30. PerryChick67
    Love this! I am getting my first 6 Buff Orpingtons this spring! Cannot wait after seeing your pictures!
  31. jdavidphero
    Really enjoyed this page. I brought home five BO hens yesterday after I finished the coop. thanks for sharing your story and photos.
  32. FlockHappy
    These are such beautiful chickens. The more I see them the more I love them. I was thinking of getting australorps, (because of their high egg production), but it's hard to resist such beauties as these!
  33. jman124
    thank you for the great pictures and it was fun reading about your girls!
  34. ScottM
    I found an ad for some 2yo buff's. You said that at 4yo they were laying one egg a day. What should I expect from the 2yo's?
  35. ChickensAreSweet
    Nice pictures and commentary!
  36. haileyeverhart
    Mine are trouble makers, partners in crime and always give me a peck when I'm not looking, they are so funny and definitely have a ton of personality.
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    1. marygreene
      Yes, they are fun and funny. I was leaning over to refill the water container and two of the girls were pecking at my toes!
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  37. Fox2112
    Omigosh! Completely adorable! They look like sweet gals. How do you tell them apart?? :O
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  38. Coturnix Quail
    Question. My Buff and other girls are almost a year but they are so small! They have access to feed all day. Whats up with that? TIA
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    1. marygreene
      There is such a thing as a Buff Orpington Bantam. Maybe that's what your's are? I have 6 Buffs and it appears that one of mine is a bantam.
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    2. Coturnix Quail
      All my chickens are small though?
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  39. Chicken Cowgirl <3
    Awe great article <3 buff Orpingtons seem to be a nice breed...
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  40. Dennis Noble
    Great article and pictures. I will defiantly be adding Orphs.
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  41. Better Than Rubies
    Fun article! Lovely pictures. :D
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  42. bamboochicken
    Love it.
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  43. 4 ever Orpington
    Being a Orpington lover myself. I loved the article. Those girls are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
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  44. 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
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  45. 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.
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  46. 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!
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  47. staceyj
    Great photos and very good information!
    Your buffs are beauties and your yard/garden/coop is gorgeous.
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  48. misfitwins
    they are beautiful
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  49. 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
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  50. 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.
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