WOW!!!!! THEY ARE SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!Here's our bantam Orp Cookie. She makes up for her small size with attitude. (For her 1st 2 years she was the only bantam here, so we called her "the Bantam Menace."
She loves to go broody, so at those times her nickname is "Cookie monster." We don't have a small roo, so her eggs are infertile. She must incubate the LF orps' eggs but has no problem adopting up to 2 doz chicks.
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Our English choc orp is named Godiva. She's on the small side - about 6-7 lbs. Our neighbor fell in love with her, so she moved down the street. Her boyfriend was Brick. Short for "Dumb as a brick." He's still here & quite the little stud. Although he's smaller, I just recently discovered that he's been frequently mating my giant lavs in addition to Godiva & his peers.
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This is Darth Layer. She's the sensitive one. Never been a good layer & completely stops production anytime there's a change in the flock. However, don't let the name fool you, she's the sweetest hen and jumps into a lap as soon as someone sits down. She also rubs our legs like a cat when she wants to be cuddled.
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We have a couple lav orps. They are HUGE. My largest hen is over 10 lbs & the roo's about 14lbs. Our lav roo (Moose) is docile & also a comedian. The 3rd pic show the size difference between roos.
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We also have some blk/lav split orps. Everyone goes crazy over the lavs, but personally, I find that iridescent green shine even more beautiful than the lavs.
Here's my all-time fav rooster: Mr. Dummy-pants (Note: Be cautious when allowing children to name their own pets. LOL)
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Another fav hen is "Oopsie." She was supposed to be a mauve, but feathered in white/cream. After breeding her, I can now conclude that she is indeed a mauve, but has a recessive white gene. (Got her name b/c we thought the breeder had an accidental visitor in his mauve orp breeding pen. LOL)
Oopsie initially stayed because of the mystery color, but her friendly personality, interesting looks, & great broody hen experience is why she's here to stay.
1st pic = standing on my feet waiting to be picked up or fed treats.
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a cute pullet pic
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and those are our orps of present & past.
Are the Buff Orpington roosters just more of a gentleman? Am I too early and the behavior is yet to come?