oooo so sorry to hear that.i had a buff orpington. her name was karen. she was my very 1st chicken. i bought her with 4 ducks and a feed store. i loved her temperment and personality.
she was one of the sweetest chickens i have ever had. i was getting excited to show her at the fair. but sadly during the night when she was 4 months old she got eaten by a raccoon.
so i cant say her egg laying rate and how good the eggs are but i will say that every body should try raising orpingtons. they are one of the best breeds.
First time chicken owner. We just got 13 chicks, 3 weeks ago. The family picked out 2 Black Sex Links,2 Golde Sex Links,4 Rhode islands reds. And i picked out 5 Buff's! Loved everything I read about them(friendly, good with families, good winter chicks,broody) And they look beautiful in the pictures I saw. Just moved them into the coop,doing god and getting big. Love this new chicken experience!!