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. Hardknockshomestead
    "Good article!"
    I just learned a whole lot of new facts about my favorite (so far) chicken breed.
    The information given about Orpington chickens here was a good introduction with facts about the breed's history, physical characteristics, and personality of these birds.
    Nice photos, too!
  2. Hanathehappyhen
    "The Best Chickens Ever"
    Pros - Are super friendly, get along well with other chickens, are great at dealing with cold
    Cons - They seek a little less disease resistant than other breeds.
    My one Buff Orpington hen is the sweetest chicken ever. She runs to say hi to me and is pretty happy not fighting with the other hens. She makes a great pet since she doesn't lay eggs anymore. She gave eggs every day and is a great chicken. If someone was looking for an easier to take care of bird, it would be an Orpington.


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  3. CradG
    "I love my Orpingtons, and they are not just Buff"
    Pros - Friendliest chickens I own, good brooders, talkative, hardy, good layers
    Cons - Take a long time to begin to lay (25-30 weeks), very loud for hens, broody
    I love my orpingtons. Started with 2 buffs when I started but have a black and a splash as well now. Hoping to add at least one blue, (was hoping for one when I ordered but only got the black and splash). They are friendlier than my easter eggers, and healthier/better layers than my Australorps. If I could only have one breed it would be orps.


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User Comments

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  1. 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.
  2. jlw484
    Those chickens looks very great, good article!!!:frow:frow:frow:celebrate
  3. TeenageRooster's Dad
    The only issue with Orpington is their "low clearance"... keep it clean around the coop or they start dragging dingleberries easily... they're kinda furr-bally lol... part of their charm.

    Personality wise, borderline annoying :).... I have to tippy toe opening the patio door or I get rushed but said furrballs... not joking... tried to work outside today, hard to type with a Buff-O sitting on your laptop for "attention"....
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    1. dunnmom
      I know what you mean. They are really bad about getting under foot when I’m working in the pen. They stop and squat so fast that I have to be careful not to step on them or trip over them.
      dunnmom, Oct 6, 2018
    2. TeenageRooster's Dad
      Lol yes @dunnmom... I have to tippy toe daily especially if they’re hungry... but it doesn’t end there... few days ago, I was in the pool, shallow end, enjoying... the “crew” walks by... someone farted and/or a leaf hit the ground... doesn’t matter a nothing got them to disperse and one of the buff though it was a good ideas to fly to my shoulder.... what do you do with a chicken on your shoulder while in the pool.. lol... Buffs... not the smartest but maybe the cutest :)
      TeenageRooster's Dad, Oct 10, 2018
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  4. Sylv
    I have 3 buff Orpington and they are certainly the most docile birds I have. Bless them. I lost 3 to a fox in one afternoon when they were free ranging and all my hens are now behind 6 foot fences. I also have a few Marans, Welsummers and Jersey Giants. Fourteen overall so not a massive flock.
  5. rosemarysugar
    AMAZING BREED!!!!!!!!!
  6. Goldenrod1210
    Good article! Love my buff orpingtons. Such sweet chickens. :)
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  7. Goldenrod1210
    Good article! Love my buff orpingtons. Such sweet chickens. :)
  8. Abold87
    We have 9 of them. We love them all. Beautiful and friendly.
  9. Chick N Mama
    I have a gorgeous Lavender Orpington Roo if anyone would like him! Northern CO.
  10. 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.
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