*Buff Orpington Thread!*

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by andrew6d9, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. ChickenMasque

    ChickenMasque Out Of The Brooder

    18
    0
    22
    Oct 10, 2013
    UK
    Beautiful pictures! I'm actually feeling really jealous at the moment, since Buff Orps seem to be so hard to source here and I really want some. : ( However, I'm finding something puzzling; here on BYC and a lot of other blogs etc they are reputed to be 'good layers', which contradicts what a lot of books.info sites say about them being poor layers ... what are everyone's experiences on this? I'm confused '~' And do they really make as good pets as they are reputed to be? Plus are they low-maintenance to keep (unlike feathered-legged chickens)?

    Sorry I sound so jumbled, it's just that I read a lot of contrasting things about BO's ![​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2013
  2. thedragonlady

    thedragonlady Overrun With Chickens

    3,410
    554
    268
    Feb 6, 2012
    Camden,S.C.
    I have both English and American Buff Orps. The US birds will lay like crazy for a long time. The English girls lay about 20-30 eggs, and go broody. The huge amount of Cochin blood that has been infused into the English Orps is responsible.. My Eng x US girls lay well too, and certainly much better than than my 100% English.
     
  3. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    928
    54
    128
    Aug 16, 2013
    Low Desert, CA
    I have a question for you DRAGONLADY-is there a trick to getting their feathers and overall body bigger and broader? I know you said to deworm-still waiting to get it in from the feed store. But other than that is there any way for my hatcheries to look decent a few generations from now? I don't want ugly birds, which is why I chose buff orps to breed, because they are beautiful.
     
  4. thedragonlady

    thedragonlady Overrun With Chickens

    3,410
    554
    268
    Feb 6, 2012
    Camden,S.C.
    Body type and good feathering must be bred into a line. You might consider getting a oood cockerel to breed to your girls. Feeding a good, high protein diet helps feathering too, as does proper worming.
     
  5. newbie32

    newbie32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    928
    54
    128
    Aug 16, 2013
    Low Desert, CA
    besides the medicated feed I give them cabbage and cheese and freeze dried meal worms, plus anything else I have around. The meal worms are high in protein. Do you ship? I am not in need of a rooster at the moment but if I were I would like to buy from you. As of right now I do have a beautiful one-I think maybe roo, but I am not sure the others will turn out as lovely.
     
  6. thedragonlady

    thedragonlady Overrun With Chickens

    3,410
    554
    268
    Feb 6, 2012
    Camden,S.C.
    I do ship. Here's my cock bird, Monty at 12 1/2 months old. He is siring winning birds.
    [​IMG]
     
  7. ChickenMasque

    ChickenMasque Out Of The Brooder

    18
    0
    22
    Oct 10, 2013
    UK
    Hi!

    Thanks for the reply - that clears it up. I had no idea there were two separate varieties of BO's! It makes sense now - the good reviews I normally read of BO's usually come from US sites, English sites normally talk of the Buff Orp as a good-tempered, albeit poor-laying chicken. Oh, and is there a difference in temperament between the English and the US BO's?
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2013
  8. thedragonlady

    thedragonlady Overrun With Chickens

    3,410
    554
    268
    Feb 6, 2012
    Camden,S.C.
    There is a huge difference between good BOs raised to the standard of either country, and hatchery buffs. Hatchery birds have unfortunately often been crossed with other breeds, andare not as gentle, especially the cock birds.They are often MUCH smaller also.
     
  9. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    7,951
    283
    331
    Aug 20, 2010
    Colmesneil,TX
    Absolutely! I still have a few of my old hatchery girls, and up next to the good ones, they are TINY. Even my "Big Girl," the biggest hatchery hen, is smaller than the breeder birds.
     
  10. MEMama3

    MEMama3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,511
    81
    148
    May 23, 2013
    Vacation Land; Maine

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by