I need Info on Orpingtons please!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bantimna, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    I am interested in Orpingtons. Please share your experince's please, I'm trying to find out about them.

    Thank you
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I like mine. They're calm and friendly and very pretty birds. What specifically do you want to know about them?
  3. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    They're very personable and mellow. Mine are big on eating and will come running if they think there's food around. I think they lay pretty well (I say I think because I don't keep track--my chickens are pets, and while I collect the eggs I don't really note much about them), and they lay large brown eggs. They're easy to handle and fairly calm, though they can be rather funny (mine think they're guinea fowl for some reason). They're certainly not the most intelligent breed, but they're enjoyable to have around and quite hardy! They're the only laying breed I still keep because I primarily like bantams.
  4. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Katy: I would like to know:

    1. Their Tempermant
    2. Laying Abillity
    3. Pic's of chicks of diffrent ages and so on.......
    4. Compactibility

    Everything like that. If I can put it Their Pro's and Their Con's.

    ETA: Typo's
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2009
  5. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
    Very interested in thread.... [​IMG]

  6. thedeacon

    thedeacon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2008
    There Great

    Friendly, cute fluffy butts. cold hardy and lay all winter, very good layers. One of the best of the heavy breeds. Do not count on them going broody, although they may. Love free range, but OK in confined coop & run.
  7. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
    Quote:But, living in the south makes me curious....how HEAT TOLERANT are they?????

  8. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I raise and breed Orps off and on so I will do my best! I've raised both bantams and large fowls. Blue and black and splash are my colors I have.

    There are different colors of Orps, all are beautiful in their own way! Be sure you know what you are getting and pink legs are the first clue of an Orp. If you get yellow legs on another color, you got some kind of a Rock or cross bred or hatchery stock. If you are going for breeders or exhibition birds, expect to pay a little more for them. I never had a hatchery Orp, always had breeders and I have not been disappointed with them at all.

    Temperment is gentle, not aggressive and so laid back.

    Each one of them have their own personality so do not expect to be the same all around.

    Good foragers but they are PIGS when it comes to feed but their breed makes it worthwhile and the eggs are BIG!

    Very hardy in cold weathers, more so in below degrees with some shelter out of the drafts. As for heat, they tolerate it as long you have water and shade available to them. I never lost any due to heat.

    Good layers during the winter months. Can be broody but it all depends on her genetic make up if she has her mother going broody. They do make excellent mommas even their first attempt to brood chicks and raise them.

    They do well with confined runs and coops if they can not forage outside in pastures. They are definately NOT happy in cages as adults, but tolerated if sick or baby chicks being brood in cages.

    The roosters are HUGE and gentle. They should NOT attack or flog a human, regardless of what size and age. You woudl not want a HUGE Orp roo with Leghorn girls or bantam girls because they can injure them. I've had both light breeds and heavy breeds together so it was not a problem but it is something to look at if you end up having an injured girl that got mated by a heavy roo. It does happen.

    They are quiet in most cases but they can TALK if they want to be heard or see you outside with treats in hand.

    Here is the pic of my bantam girls with Spitzhauben chicks I got this year. I would not trade those two sisters for anything! They brooded to gether, shared chick duties and protect them together.
  9. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    I am in Oklahoma and the sun is intense and the temps can be high for days/ weeks on end. Summer is not a problem. I do use a mister above 90 degrees F and they love it. That keeps them cool just fine. Otherwise, I am in full agreement with 'the deacon.'
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2009
  10. lildinkem

    lildinkem Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2009
    Seeing you are in South Africa, I would guess you will be raising the UK style Orp. Much more colors to choose from. Both the American standard and the UK standard birds are nice and fun birds. Some are down right sweet and run up to ya wanting attention, or food or both. Orpingtons are definitely one of my favs.

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