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 Orpington, the Black, was developed in England in 1886 and brought to the US in 1890. It was developed from Langshan-Rock-Minorca crosses. Today Buff, Black, White, and Blue Orpington's are recognized color varieties.
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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. PruittFarm
    "My Hubbys "Girlfriend"the Buff Orpington"
    Pros - Loving family pets
    Our youg Buff Orpington was the best hen we ever had! She gave us eggs everyday and loved "us" mostly my Hubby. She was his little Girlfriend. Every day she would wait in the driveway for him to come home. She would fallow him everywere she could and would run up to him as fast as she could every time he opend the door. She would only come to me like this if i had food lol and she would beg! Too cute!
    Purchase Price:


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  2. rachelsflock
    "EnglishOrps-Fantastic Meaties, Layers good, Broody"
    Pros - Gentle broody
    Meat tender to at least 9 months, and lots of it
    Lays well, even in winter
    Cons - Not a daily layer
    Docile around kids. Hard to find. Expensive. Tender meat. Can have low fertility without fluff trimming. Sweet birds. Regularly lays, though not daily, eggs medium. Cold resistant. Grows very slowly and matures after the 1 year mark. Rooster protective and watchful but far from a terror and tolerates my kids well with no attacks to date (going on two years on this bird). Red Cuckoo English Orpingtons make amazing color crosses as well as hybrids. Planning on sticking with Red English Orpingtons for a long time. Good longevity of lay.
  3. Lavender Ro
    Pros - Orpingtons are, friendly, not usually aggressive, and a Great family chicken breed.
    I love this breed of chicken. Great sized eggs and awesome personality!

User Comments

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  1. MartinsPoultry
    I like my orpingtons. Beautiful birds yes but my buff orpington is so nasty with my hens, not even trying to woo them he is to hard headed than that. My english orpington on the other hand is the sheer essence of a gentleman, gives the girls special treats dances, crows and protects them. We've only had him a week and he has found his place in the flock nicely.
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  2. Chicken_Thighs
    I'm a little new to the chicken world, I've always wanted them and NOW I have backyard chickens!!
    I enjoy my chickens so much of course I named them ALL!
    I have two orps .. and various others! The Orps are my favorites! (I think)
    I named my larger Orphington Mr. Roo (short for Mr. Rooster) he has a beautiful BIG red crest and a bright red floppy waddle...
    I found two eggs this morning I was thrilled!!! (My first) If I sold it ..the going price would be $1000. AND I'd still be in the hole $ wise!! (I'm so okay with that)
    I did notice the nest needed new straw just to freshen it up ... so i returned to replace it... Mr. Roo just walked right in past me deciding where he wanted to rest!!!!
    He chose the fluffiest one and preceded to have a seat.. I eased out of the coop to let him rest his weary bones, I mean we had already been practicing crowing all morning YES, I'm teaching him and Mr. Stripe my other rooster to crow. They haven't got it yet, We had spent the morning practicing .. okay okay .. They weren't crowing BUT I DID!!... When much to my surprise Mr. Roo had obviously recovered from his lesson and was having a cackling fit!!! I thought sure something was after him... He strutted out of the coop ... you know how roosters are proud and puffed out? I stepped back in the coop to see what was after him .... THEN I saw it .... The third EGG ... Mr. Roo .... is clearly Miss Roo... I looked at her and apologized and said, OKAY .... your off the hook ... NO more crowing lessons for YOU!!!!
    Thanks for the eggs Miss Roo, they were delicious!!!!
    Side Note: Stripe the "Real Rooster" has learned to crow .. finally!!!
    But he sounds like a teenager with his cracking voice just "croaking" lol
  3. boks my flock
    Awesome breed, but ours have been known to drag all of the eggs into one nest (when/where they can) and sit on them. This sometimes results in them cracking a few.
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    1. New Egg Lady
      So that is how that happens. Lol. Good to know.
      New Egg Lady, Sep 13, 2017
  4. boks my flock
    Awesome breed, but ours have been known to drag all of the eggs into one nest (when/where they can) and sit on them. This sometimes results in them cracking a few.
  5. atief1253
    I have a six month old lavender orpington rooster who is very afraid and scared of the hens. He was so stressed he developed cocci which we are treating. My four month old hens were never afraid when we intergrated them with the rest of the flock. Why is there such a difference?
  6. Skilady
    I had a sweet, wonderful Buff Orphington as a kid. As an adult I have had two. They were with two different flocks. In my first flock, my Buff Orphington was rather stand offish. I did get my first flock as pullets, so I thought that it may just not have had enough interaction. My newest flock (10 week old) is a mixed flock of 6 that I purchased from a breeder at 1 day old. I handled them throughout their time in the brooder and continue to interact with them daily. My Buff Orphington is the most unwilling to interact with humans. She won't even eat treats that I offer her! (I'm not even talking about out of my hand - just on the ground!) Needless to say, she will probably be my last Buff Orphington.
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  7. The Angry Hen
    Hello Friends,

    Actually... The Buff Orpington Breed Is One Of The First Breeds I Have Ever had!
    I Had Started With One Buff Rooster And Two Buff Hens. Sadly, We Lost Our Buff Rooster This Year.

    It Was Sad, He Was Infertile Too. But The Hens Are Still Very Much Alert And Alive. We Even Got Another Buff Hen, But She Feel Off A Perch In Her Sleep.

    I Have Formed A Very Special Bond With My Buff Hen, Sophia, My First Baby To Care For, Was Her!
    So... I Would Strongly Suggest This Breed For Any Backyard Flock.

    Sadly Again, He Was Infertile... But They Still Went Broody And Were Very Motherly Hens. Never Gave Up!
    I Assume If You Have A Fertile Rooster... Your Hens Would Make Wonderful Mothers!

    Sincerely, I Wish You The Best Of Luck!
    -The Angry Hen
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  8. CyndiD
    how can i tell the difference between a blk austrlorp hen and a black O/split to lavender hen?
    I think the orpington has more feathers around the base of the tail and the autralorp has longer, slimmer tail? right?
  9. meetthebubus
    for buff orpingtons are the best and prettiest and i can't imagine having another breed, personally love my bubus!
      Donna61 likes this.
    Can anyone tell me if they've ordered from Cackle Hatchery, especially any Rhode Island Reds (or Golden Comets, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers)? I got a batch of Black Australorps from Chickens from Backyards (which has great service) that are extremely skidish and unfriendly. Also, if I get any new breeds again, I want to try to make sure that are somewhat friendly, fairly docile and/or at least will fit well in a mixed flock without much aggression (allowing for a normal pecking order of course) and be easy to handle.
      SeaTexan likes this.

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