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:

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    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. Callsp
    "My Buff Orpingtons"
    Pros - They are sweet birds and noises out of these birds are at a minimum!!
    Cons - Buff Orpingtons have a low laying rate and they are known for going broody a lot
    I think that the Buff Orpington chicken is a very sweet bird. They are gental and they will (once in a while) let me pet them and pick them up. However, they are chickens that have a low laying rate and they are known to go broody quite often. I have experienced this a lot with this chicken. Besides that reason, I recommend this chicken for people who are starting.
  2. BarnhartChickens98
    "So Nice!"
    Pros - Friendly and calm, quiet, good layer, nice to other hens
    Cons - Goes broody so not a great producer, but i love her just the same.
  3. Little Farm Girl
    Pros - They are wonderful forgagers, and fantastic broodies. They're also very sweet and good layers.
    Cons - I can't think of any, Except they poop like all other chickens.
    We love our buff Orpingtons, ours are always out foraging, so they don't seem to eat as much. They aren't skittish or freaked out by the sight of a human. Ours are constantly in the barn going broody, and are very good mommas too. Overall, they are great chickens, and we love them.


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  1. MandaRae
    We got 8 chicks 2 each of a few different breeds.
    We have 2 buff Orpingtons and they are by far the friendliest and most affectionate of them all and they are only 4 weeks old!
    We will be adding more in the future.
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    1. cluckmecoop7
      They must be cute! I have 3 buff's and they are all 10 weeks.
      cluckmecoop7, May 5, 2019
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    2. MandaRae
      They are great! My fave is Henny Penny and she loves to perch on my shoulder lol
      MandaRae, May 6, 2019
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  2. wvchickenchick311
    Are Buff Orpington roos nice usually?
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    1. cluckmecoop7
      They much friendly than other breeds.
      cluckmecoop7, May 3, 2019
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  3. JMB7718
    Love Love Love my buff Orps! They are the first to greet me and they follow me everywhere around the farm! super sweet birds that like to be pet!
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    1. cluckmecoop7
      One of mine, kiwi, really loves to be petted! When ever I enter the pen she runs up to me (with the others, of course,) and cheeps "Give me my massage!!" I guess she still remembers when she was a little chick. She loved to be held.
      cluckmecoop7, Apr 19, 2019
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  4. cluckmecoop7
    My Orpingtons are a little more than 5 weeks now! I love them a lot! Their names are: Fighter Jet, Marshy, and Kiwi.
  5. DeerChicken14
    I love Buff Orpingtons. I have one BO rooster and a BO hen and three BO mixes. My favorite BO we had was a Roo we used to have but ended up missing one day. :( He had splade leg syndrome when he was a couple day old chick because his mother stepped on him and caused it. We put a split on both legs for 24 hrs and he was able to walk!!! He was a funny and SWEET SWEET Rooster!!
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      cluckmecoop7, Apr 7, 2019
  6. Charlenesmom
    I have a single RIR hen, almost a year old. I want to add a few friends for her so when our coop and run is finished and she is moved from the garage she won’t be alone. I was thinking of getting one more Red and two Buffs.
    I’ve heard they are docile, but will they be too docile for my Red? I thought be having two of each it would balance the personalities. Any thoughts, recommendations will be appreciated. My Red is very sweet, hasn’t shown any agressive behavior towards us or our dogs.
  7. Raymond Dean White
    Orpingtons do well in my part of AZ. I allow them to free range in my fenced back yard--which, aside from some fenced in raised bed gardens and fruit trees is mostly rock and dirt. Their buff coloration helps them blend into the ground and keeps them safer from Hawks than other breeds. I agree they are reliable layers and quite friendly--a great bird for beginners.
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  8. cluckmecoop7
    I have 3 Orpington chicks. They are about 2 weeks old now. I am going to have them for eggs and pets though. :lol:
    1. wvchickenchick311
      They get super fat and fluffy! My chick Sage is an Buff Orpington and she is sooo soo sweet and I have another named Lucy not sure if he’s and she or what yet. I hope yours are pullets!
      wvchickenchick311, May 3, 2019
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    2. cluckmecoop7
      Thanks! Mine are about 11 weeks now, I'm pretty sure all are pullets. Also, they don't get fat if you feed them right, it just looks like it because they are really fluffy like you said.
      cluckmecoop7, May 3, 2019
  9. chickenpeeple
    I love Orpingtons! I showed Black Orpington bantams in 4-H and they are the calmest chickens ever. My avatar pic is my Black Orpington cockerel, Larry. Best Rooster Ever.
  10. jlw484
    Those chickens looks very great, good article!!!:frow:frow:frow:celebrate

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