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. Details: Purpose: Dual; Exhibition Egg laying: 175-200 eggs annually Weight: Cocks: 7.9-10 lbs; Hens: 5.9-7.9 lbs Colours/Varieties: Black, Buff, Blue, White, Red, Splash, Jubilee (and more) Pic by @lauralou Pic by @allaboutdemchicks Pic by @cherylcohen Pic by @Fowl Visions Pic by @wilds of pa BYC Breed Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/orpington BYC Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/495402/buff-orpington-thread/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/386051/the-imported-english-orpington-thread/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/426353/the-bantam-orpington-thread/0_30 Do you own Orpingtons? Are you an Orpington breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!