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.
  • 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 5a38d183_14016271977_f029dd0690_b.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 5203d3fe_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
  • [​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. Kissee Mills Chicken Jan
    "Calm Girls"
    Pros - Out of my mixed flock, these remain the most calm and relaxed. Not flighty at all!
    Cons - None that I have found.
    Chickens&Dogs_12 likes this.
  2. eatwhatyougrow
    "Our Rooster Blue"
    Pros - Calm Temperament, Good size, layed well
    Cons - none for us
    We had several hatchery Buff orps from Townline Hatchery, they supply the TSC and Family farm home with chicks around here, well I got a few of these strait run and one of them ended up being a roo. My youngest son the chicken whisperer of the family bonded with that guy like no other. Those two would be walking around the yard all over, it was funny to watch this little 4 year old boy and his roo walking around the yard having all kind of adventures. and when he was indoors, Friendly Blue (how he ever got that name I am not sure) would come look through the slider door and peck on it to get the kids attention. He would let the kids pick him up carry him round. He got to be a pretty big roo, did a great job protecting his flock and was the gentlest Roo we ever had. So it was a sad day when a dog from down the road decided to pay a visit to our yard, to this day I still can't figure how it got past the yard fence, the chicken yard fence and into the pen..devil dog... The kids still talk about that roo and have asked to get another Friendly Blue. I will probably break down this year and get some more...
    Purchase Price:
    i think i got them for like 99. cents a chick
    Purchase Date:
  3. m1chelle1
    "Best Birds"
    Pros - friendly, smart, large breed
    Cons - none!
    Love Orpingtons! If you want a friendly, docile, good egg producer, these birds are for you! I'm not sure why the egg production meter is at moderate. My gals were each laying an egg a day, even in colder weather. I had one who would lay a double yolk egg once or twice a week! Score.

User Comments

To post comments, simply sign up and become a member!
  1. 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....
  2. Dean Wood
    Awesome breed, I have a cock and 4 hens in my flock and I love them to bits
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Eryka
    that is awesome.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Mr.and Mrs.Greenwood
    I love my girl, she is so sweet, but a very timid girl. she don't mind a good scratch on the head or neck.
  10. 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.
      Eryka and Atheena like this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by