Orpington

Average User Rating:
4.45603/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Frequent
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    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, 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:
    English
    Color:
    The original breed colours/varieties are black, white, buff, blue and splash
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    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.

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    Orpington hen with chick

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    Orpington chick

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    Orpington hen

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    Orpington juvenile

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    Orpington rooster

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

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-orpington.1088559/
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    Jubilee Orpington Hen owned by Autumn Farm Orpingtons




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    Pure English Spangle/Mottle Hen Owned by Autumn Farm Orpingtons
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    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:
    Medium
    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.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Myrth
    5/5,
    "My favorite breed"
    Pros - Good layers, especially in winter. Large brown eggs, Good mothers. Friendly, tame, calm, stand confinement well, good with small children, pretty golden buff!
    Cons - None!
    AFD3743A-1358-4A28-A097-9E28674EA084.jpeg This is my favorite breed. I have had several different breeds over the years. We had to start over, so after re-working the coop to keep out predators, I ordered buff Orpingtons. They are the most pleasant birds I have had, in terms of personality. They are good layers of big brown eggs, and they are good mothers.
    BlackHackle likes this.
  2. karnie123
    5/5,
    "Great"
    Pros - The portion on Orpingtons was very helpful and accurate.
    Cons - None
    BlackHackle likes this.
  3. Chicken Girl1
    5/5,
    "Sweetest Broody"
    Pros - Even tempered, sociable, good broody, pretty, good layers
    Cons - None
    Beautiful and friendly, they were one of my first favorite breeds (you can tell I have multiple now :p). I've had one that was an absolutely fantastic broody and was so excited to get another this past year.
    BlackHackle likes this.

User Comments

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  1. nwsunshine
    Very gentle, large, easy going, lowest on the pecking order with other breeds, even lower than a Welsummer half her size when it comes to food. Dependable large egg layer.
  2. WildSuburbian
    I had two Buffs. Sarah was my biggest, fattest hen, and the one who mothered everyone - my pick for a mother until she was killed by a stray dog. My other Buff is Rebecca, my daughter's hen. She demands to be held, lays very few eggs, and is like a lap cat. VERY family and child friendly. Rebecca's nickname is Choo-choo, because she coos when held.
  3. Studio2770
    My orpington is very friendly and likes being picked up. She can be LOUD and screams often.
  4. karnie123
    We have 5. Two are more friendly than the others but all of them are nice. The two let you pet them like a dog or cat. The others are a bit more hesitant.
  5. abrants99
    it is crazy how friendly ours are. They will often jump into your lap and want to be pet!
  6. Hannan
    My sister's Buff Orpingtons are fully feathered, and they, meaning the chicks, are very friendly, and it doesn't take much to convince them to eat out of my hand. (Ironically, they are more reluctant to eat from my sister's hand.)
  7. Maplemaam
    I have one Buff Orpington in my small flock and she is my most aggressive toward some people...namely me and my grandkids...she has never given my husband a moment of trouble. She is, however, apparently lower in pecking order, so that could be her issue.
  8. kidcody
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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