Buff Orpingtons

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by collisinana, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. collisinana

    collisinana Out Of The Brooder

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    When I first got into chickens I loved and wanted buff orpingtons, but I held back because I was afraid that it's too warm down south. I've heard that they're very hardy against the cold, but in nc that's rarely too big of an issue. Would heat be a problem for them?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have Orps and they do suffer when it gets to be 95-100. I haven't lost any to the heat but we don't have that kind of heat for more than a couple weeks out here in the Pac. NW.

    You might go with some of the Orps and make sure they have DEEP shade in the run. Mine love to get under the grapevines when it is hot.

    Or you might consider getting Buff Minorcas instead- but they are flighty and LOVE to fly over 8 foot high fencing to free range. Ask me how I know. [​IMG]

    I LOVED the one Buff Minorca hen that I had but she wouldn't stay in the pen. She looked very similar to a Buff Orp. They lay white eggs and are skittish.

    Also there are Buff Plymouth rocks which are even more similar to the Orps.
     
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  3. collisinana

    collisinana Out Of The Brooder

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    How big are the buff minorcas? I let my chickens free range after failed attempts of keeping them in so flying wouldn't be too much of an issue.
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    http://www.welphatchery.com/std_breeds/buff_minorca.asp
    has weights

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/378195/minorca-thread/220
    see post #225 to see how they look too

    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry//CGK/Minorc/BRKMinorca.html
    scroll down for pics

    http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/buff_minorcas.html

    This is making me miss my girl! I will have to order these again one day.
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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