This breed developed at the end of the nineteenth century by a englishman called William Cook from the Village of Orpington. Involved in its creation were,among others,Croad Langshans, Minorcas, Langshans and Plymoth Rocks. Notably, Langshans set its stamp on this new breed, the first Orpingtons still looking very much like Langshans.
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Black,Buff,White,Blue-Laced,Birchen,Sliver Black Laced,barred,red,porcelian,Chocolate,Lemon Cuckoo
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
Qualities; The Orpington has many enthusiasts and is a familiar bird at almost every show. They are freindly chickens that are very soon "trained to the hand" when taken good care of. Appearance; Orpingtons are very big, weigh between 3 and 4kg and even look larger becuase of their full plumage. Utility; Orpingtons can be expected to lay around 200 large eggs in a good laying year. And because of their size they make very good meat birds. My Own Experience; Orpingtons are my favourite breed of chicken! I love them. They are gentle giants to your garden. Thanks for reading
Recent User Reviews
"Love my orpingtons"
Pros - large, dual purpose, friendly, curious.
Cons - Loud, can be bossy, will eat anything.
I love my girls. I have one Lavender Orpington, beautiful, just beautiful. I have two Mottled Orpington chicks- seven weeks old. One is black and white, one is white with black angel wings. I can't wait to see what she looks like grown. One Buff Orpington- my pal Alberta. She comes and sits in my lap every day to converse. She is two years old. These are big, colorful chickens that brighten my back yard. I guess they are yard candy. I haven't seen any fights picked, other than the usual pecking order disturbances. They come running when I call- waiting for a snack and eat out of my hand. Lay eggs like a champ- average of 4 to 5 per week.
"Love my "Blondie""
Pros - Easy Gentle Loveable Producer Sweet
Cons - N/A
The sole survivor of a raccoon attack and is the oldest in my flock. Extremely loyal girl. She is the "QUEEN" in the coop and they listen to her a lot. Loves following me around but I have a few that do that. Of course I have a bowl with me 75% of the time. That means picking up eggs or giving food