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Duck Breed Focus - Buff Orpington

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sumi, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    The Buff Orpington duck breed was created in England when William Cook, the famous poultry breeder from Orpington, Kent, blended Cayuga, Runner, Aylesbury and Rouen ducks to create a buff colored duck that would allow him to cash in on the early 20th century English fad for buff-colored plumage. This first duck was called a Buff Orpington and Cook went on to develop Blue, Black and Chocolate Orpington versions that had white bibs on their chests. Cook introduced his Buff Orpington to the United States in 1908 at the Madison Square Garden Show in New York City. In 1914, this breed was admitted into the British Poultry Standard in 1910 and the American Standard of Perfection in 1914, under the name "Buff," which is unusual since in no other instance is a color used as a breed name.

    The Buff is a long, broad bird with an oval head, medium length bill, and long, gracefully curved neck. The Buff duck's body carriage is twenty degrees above horizontal, its wings are short and it has a small, well-curled tail. Both the duck and drake have buff plumage, orange-yellow shanks and feet, and brown eyes. The drake's bill is yellow while the duck's bill is brown-orange.

    Details:

    Purpose: Dual
    Egg laying: 160-200 eggs per year
    Weight: Drake: 4.8 - 7.5lb; Duck 4.8 - 7lb

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    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!
     
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Gorgeous Ducks. [​IMG]
     
  3. Madisan

    Madisan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow the babies look just like Pekin babies lol. I would have never guessed they were a buff duck!
     
  4. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree, gorgeous birds!

    And I wonder, are they of any relation to the Buff Orpington chickens or no?
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I heard they were created by the same breeder
     
  6. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hmm, very interesting! Thanks! Now I wonder what else they created.. haha
     
  7. wornoutmomto3

    wornoutmomto3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And.... We have discovered another breed I want to add to my flock. :drool just don't tell my DH, he may have me committed. :oops: lol!
     
  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Romy up front, Michele behind.
     
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  9. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    @Amiga love the pictures...and the names Romy & Michelle (funny movie)! Who are the spotted ones behind Hazel?
     
  10. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Those are Einz and Elf, Runners.
     

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