Blue Orpingtons

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Beekissed, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Can anyone tell me what hatchery sells Blue Orpington chicks? I just saw pics of these most beautiful birds on here the other day, and for the first time....I got the want-mes over a chicken!

    They have to be the most lovely breed of chicken I've ever seen, and I assume they still retain the good traits of the Orpington breed. I just can't seem to find a hatchery that offers them for sale.

    Can anyone tell me about their Bl-Os and post a few pics of hens and mature roosters? Tell me about their egg-laying capabilities, health issues, hardiness?
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    You can't buy them from the hatcheries.

    There are a few specialty type hatcheries that are very small but they are sold out through 2009 is my understanding.

    You have to find someone breeding them that will sell them to you or get in line for eggs and hatch them yourself.

    I have been hatching eggs for a year to get my few blue orpingtons.

    I have finally come full circle and my first hatched pullets are now laying. [​IMG]

    I do have a list forming for hatching eggs. Most people with eggs have a long list.
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    The only hatcheries I know of that sell them is speckledhen's and MissPrissy's, but you have to pick them up though. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my blue girls! They are just as sweet as they are beautiful! They have such mild temperaments and have seemed to be very hardy. Mine have not started to lay as of yet, but the hatching egg they came from are HUGE! See if you can't get some hatching eggs and hatch your own. [​IMG]

    Here's a recent pick of one of my 12 wk. pullets, Daphney.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Mine lay pretty well. They almost always skip a day in the week, each of them. Right now, mine are molting heavily. One quit laying a week ago and her feathers are coming in quickly. The other is still laying and naked, LOL. They are certainly hardy and fare very well in cold weather due to their extreme fluff and size. Suede, my rooster, is right about 12 lb and the girls are maybe 3 lb lighter. They dont eat anymore than any other birds I have, in spite of their size.
    MissP is right. It takes awhile to get up a decent laying flock. My rooster and older hens arent even two years old yet and it took several batches of hatching eggs to get them and the two 10 week old pullets I have growing up-those two are from entirely different lines than my older ones.
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  5. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    That blue girl in the middle is absolutely gorgeous. Is that Velvet?
  6. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    Mine are really winter hardy and are ok layers. Not the best. But hey at least they look good [​IMG] Also with a breeder you have the chance to get better stock because of selective breeding for the correct traits.
    Black hen
    Young blue pullet Angela Stanleys line:
  7. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Thanks for the info, people! [​IMG]
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Hey Beekissed, I raise Blue, Black, Splash and Buffs and I'm in WV... I have some very pretty cockerals if your interested and maybe next Spring can send you some eggs...I have molting going on and the roosters aren't in the pens with the hens at the moment....

    Acouple young hens here to show you...


    One nice pen of cockerals...

    Last edited: Sep 16, 2008
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Absolutely beautiful!!!! I PMd you, Tuff!
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Kathy, the middle girl, the one next to the Brahma in the pics is Skye. I think Skye has a prettier face than Velvet, more feminine, but Velvet is very typey and a complete goofball-she keeps me laughing all the time.

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