The Russian Orloff is a very tall chicken of striking appearance, with a thickly feathered neck, muffed and bearded, and a small cushion type comb. It is a calm tempered sociable breed that has a very hardy constitution and is extremely cold tolerant. It was originally considered a meat bird, but are now bred to be more duel purpose. The hens are fair layers of brown eggs, considered good winter layers, and they will occasionally go broody. The breed has been described as early as 1774, when it was called the Chlianskaia, the present day breed is probably named after Count Orloff of Russia who imported and popularized the breed. It is a rather rare breed today, but is regaining some popularity. It is uncertain what breeds were used in the creation of the Orloff, but the Malay and various muffed and bearded game fowls are thought to have contributed to its makeup. It was in the first APA standard in 1874, but was removed due to lack of popularity in 1894. It is on The Livestock Conservancy's Critical list. Details: Breed purpose: Dual Purpose Comb Type: Cushion Broodiness: Occasional Climate Tolerance: Very cold hardy Weight: 8.5lbs roosters, 6.5lbs hen Egg Productivity: Fair-Good Egg Size: Large Egg Color: Cream Picture by @RiddleMe Picture @kahlua Picture @6littlechickies BYC Breed reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/russian-orloff General breed discussions & FAQ thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/297764/russian-orloffs/0_20 Do you own Russian Orloffs? Are you a Russian Orloff 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!