Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Light Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, Easily handled, Calm, Bears confinement well, Quiet, Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    USA APA: Buff, Black, White, BlueSplash in not recognized at this time.Also there are a few other colors of Orpington Projects under way in the USA as of today.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    The original breed colours/varieties are black, white, buff, blue and splash

    The popular Orpington breed originated from the town of Orpington, Kent, in south-east England, where the original black Orpington was bred by William Cook in 1886. (Mr Cook also created the Orpington duck breed). Mr Cook crossed Minorcas, Langshans and Plymouth Rocks to create a new hybrid breed, from which he selected to breed a black bird, that would also exhibit well, by hiding the dirt and soot of London.
    The breed was shown in Madison Square Gardens in 1895 and its popularity soared. Its large size and soft appearance together with its beautiful colours make it very attractive breed and as such its popularity has grown as a show bird rather than a utility breed. Hens are fairly often broody and are good mothers. Although rather heavy, they are able to fly small distances but rarely do so.
    The original breed colours/varieties are black, white, buff, blue and splash. Although there are many additional varieties recognised throughout the world, for example the Jubilee Orpington, only the original colours are recognised by the American Standard, the Buff being the most common colour. In the beginning of the twentieth century, Herman Kuhn of Germany developed a Bantam variety of Orpingtons and the Bantam retains the appearance of the LF Orpingtons, but in a smaller size. There is a large variety of colours in the Bantam version, including black, blue laced, white, buff, red, buff black laced, barred, buff Columbian, and birchen.

    Orpington hen with chick

    Orpington chick

    Orpington hen

    Orpington juvenile

    Orpington rooster

    For more about Orpingtons and their breeders's and owners' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here:

  • 445e4a46_Spanglehen02-21-15011.jpeg 4391eab2_IMG_0009.jpeg bc4d6914_2012-05-08_19-56-48_923.jpeg c54563d8_theflock.jpeg 323b3fea_LavenderOrpingtonChicksMay2012.jpeg 8e4dec60_0518121251_01.jpeg 0eb1afc8_DSCF1601.jpeg bf3b8030_IMG_2057.jpeg a162802c_IMG_2799.jpeg 38b1a59e_IMG_8905.jpeg 578b09d0_DSC02546.jpeg a51a8527_IMG_5976.jpeg fdf422b8_broody.jpeg 733ae3f2_Spanglebabies11-30-12019.jpeg 85b71b09_photo1.PNG b4a08f58_567112_10200408459190948_275870316_o.jpeg 308cc963_900x600px-LL-e69b2074_IMG_6870.jpeg 8cc7d9ee_3-001.jpeg 065ba06c_DSC01493.jpeg 5da6a553_20130421_100345-1.jpeg 55b9409f_20130421_100408-1.jpeg a3c66d60_chickenhead.jpeg c3974413_251.jpeg 17623934_100_1129.jpeg 5bd149b4_100_1039.jpeg d3b90d54_1368816545373.jpeg b5af9d39_image.jpeg b4d5ef5e_IMG_8688.jpeg 114d1daa_IMG_8703.jpeg 063ebc3d_IMG_0986.jpeg 37b16565_IMG_7420.jpeg b69982d0_07-25-14chocolates047.jpeg 8abf7a74_photo5.jpeg 1864be50_IMG_3758.jpeg 3d8f052d_ChickenPic5.jpeg 1b91acc5_NewImage8.jpeg 08c01aaa_10428041_864284513611943_8245961870384098264_n.jpeg fbb95120_Chickens10-25-11038.jpeg 44d39670_07-25-14chocolates047.jpeg 63214432_100_8039.jpeg bb567c4f_10-16-14chickens056.jpeg 025e5522_download8.jpeg 39d766eb_Spangles-Partridges03-10-13025.jpeg 4af0cade_image.jpeg 4da4fbb3_chicks07-02-11Penny025.jpeg 370f65b8_Chickens10-25-11041.jpeg 75934c49_Orpington.jpeg 0b0ea933_20140605_081654.jpeg b9b14cfe_0407151903.jpeg e3d644f2_PIC_1024.jpeg 3d6e4d6d_PIC_1046.jpeg 1494352d_PIC_0889.jpeg 4db60498_PIC_0890.jpeg 132e63c2_PIC_0022.jpeg 49d42882_IMG_1294.jpeg bbee3a71_IMG_0942.jpeg d279c390_IMG_0639.jpeg a49123d4_IMG_2010.jpeg 657b653a_IMG_2454.jpeg 0c198382_IMG_0080.jpeg d5677a55_chicks07-02-11Penny037.jpeg 10aa9b35_MoreSKIP04-04-15125.jpeg a88e11cd_3-16-15chickens-Silvers074.jpeg 38fd13f3_IMG_0027.jpeg 3d383c02_chicks07-02-11Penny025.jpeg d11aa688_Partridgerooster09-25-12053.jpeg c139bca1_10-16-14chickens017.jpeg 9a737ae1_2016-07-11--07-30-56.jpeg 40341eb6_2016-07-11--07-30-56.jpeg ba25fe1f_06-10-13EnglishBlackrooster0602016_07_2917_44_57UTC.jpeg c058603b_023.jpeg d07d0b08_LFChocolaterooster3-5-15004.jpeg 700.jpg
  • [​IMG]
    Jubilee Orpington Hen owned by Autumn Farm Orpingtons

    Pure English Spangle/Mottle Hen Owned by Autumn Farm Orpingtons
    English Spangle/Mottle chicks owned by Autumn Farm Orpingtons

    Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Light Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    USA APA: Buff, Black, White, Blue Splash in not recognized at this time. Also there are a few other colors of Orpington Projects under way in the USA as of today. Visitwww.hinkjcpoultry.com
    Breed Details:
    Developed as a dual purpose breed, Orpington's make fair table fowl and are excellent winter layers of large brown eggs. They have very laid back personalities and make great family pets. The Buffs are especially good in this regard.







Recent User Reviews

  1. sunshinehouse
  2. MT Coop
    "Love these birds!"
    Pros - gentle, generally calm, get along with other coop residents
    Cons - tend to broody more than some breeds but that's just a good excuse to keep a few extra Orps around... to make sure someone is always laying eggs :)
    I've had just about every variety the farm stores sell and have decided Orps are the breed for me. Love their big fluffy size and gentle natures. Very cold hardy for these long Montana winters. Nice brown eggs, generally medium to large size.
  3. Cult-of-Trajan
    "Calm & Curious"
    Pros - Very approachable & calm
    Cons - Slower to mature than many breeds
    I have 2 Buffs in a mixed flock of (currently) 17 hens. The 2 buffs are a different & interesting personality from the others. They are very calm, rarely getting into any squabbles with other girls. They are very curious - they are the 1st to approach when I sit down and they want to know if I have anything interesting for them. In the summertime they are toe-peckers - if your feet are bare they will come up and try to eat them. And yes, sometimes it hurts. They lay pretty well - to put some precise numbers on it: Buffy has been laying for 202 days & has laid 126 eggs (62% of days since maturity). Elizabuff has laid 134 eggs in 210 days (64%). They first laid at day 170 & 162 respectively. They are fun girls to have around, I really enjoy them....when they're not eating my toes.
    Purchase Date:
    March '17


    1. IMG_6244.jpg

User Comments

To post comments, simply sign up and become a member!
  1. Betsy57
    Super calm and sweet birds but don't lay as well as I would like. I just have 1 or 2 in my flock at a time for that reason.
  2. bmanty
    I am getting two for the first time this April I cant wait to see what their gold will look like.

    From what I have been reading I can expect great eggs and a bird thats like a loyal dog.
  3. Dezrad
    I have 3 buff orpingtons, 1 splash orpington and 2 chocolate orpingtons. All are sweet, quirky and fun to watch, but my chocolates are the most beautiful and their stature is so big and tall. All lay (finally!) and my Deleware keeps up the egg production also. Will post a pic if I can figure it out....my avatar is one of my chocolates....
  4. Dean Wood
    Awesome breed, I have a cock and 4 hens in my flock and I love them to bits
  5. kidcody
    The Pure English Orpington is nothing more stunning, from being very gentle to wondering among the green grass as beautiful art candy. One English Orpington is never enough, with such a range of beautiful colors one has a hard time deciding what color to bring into the flock. I have found the Pure English Silver Laced is simply stunning, even though this is a new color has many more years of select breeding to improve upon the coloring, it is truly one to add to your collection. I've been involved with the English Orp since setting foot on our American soil, I see only the good in this wonderful breed and look forward to participating in many years to improve upon this stunning creature. I ask you to join us all in this fun venture! Autumn Farm English Orpingtons
      Neebiechix and The Angry Hen like this.
  6. emvickrey
    I love my Orps. I started with a black hens and a splash. My roo had grown to be HUGE. Out of that small flock I ended up with 1 black hen named Olivia. Copperheads took the rest out. I aquired more eggs and hatched a roo that again was huge when grown. I bought eggs to mottled English Orps and I hatched all 6 shipped eggs. I got 50/50. Sold 2 of the cockerels and bred those and kept 1 pullets. They are beautiful birds. I then bought golden laced English Orps and they are 9 months old now and still haven't laid their first eggs. They are the most beautiful birds I have so far. I love Orps because they are large gentle chickens and they lay pretty brown eggs. Also they go broody
      dunnmom likes this.
  7. Eryka
    that is awesome.
  8. SavageChicken
    I have a small flock, so I have only one Buff Orpington, but I'm really glad that I have her. She has been a good and consistent egg-layer. She is also very good with new younger birds added to the flock - never any aggression, and she tends to watch over them like a mother would until they are acclimated. She also likes to follow me around, she is good with kids, you can pick her up and snuggle her in your arms, and she is just an overall easy-going, friendly bird.
      Chickitita and dunnmom like this.
  9. dunnmom
    My flock is 6 nice Buff Orpington hens. They are really gentle, but have a tendency to be a bit lazy. Mine aren't super cuddly, but do tolerate being handled pretty well. They also seem to do fine with confinement to their enclosure, which I hate having to do, but it's a city ordinance thing.

    They lay pretty well, but I still have to buy eggs occasionally, because they seem to be energy conservative when ill or molting. They also tend to be picky eaters. The laying quirks could have everything to do with my flock management, because I'm still learning what works for them and what doesn't. I'm eager to see how they do with a chicken tractor next spring, so they can forage for themselves instead of me doing it for them.
  10. DGailP
    I just hatched my first crele chicks. I have two different color of chicks and was hoping to see some pictures of other breeders chicks.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by