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 Pic by @Searsmom Pic by @DucksnDaffodils Pic by @DucksnDaffodils Pic by @jessiduck 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!