Orpingtons ... different colors?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ll, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. ll

    ll Songster

    Hello [​IMG]
    I am admiring Orpingtons ... and also reading the thread
    "good breeds for kids"

    Just wondering why Buff Orpingtons are SO popular when they are also available in beautiful blue/black/white/splash too? Is the Buff Orpington's personality very different from the other colors?
    Or are they just the norm ... every supplier seems to have buff?

    Last edited: Apr 29, 2011

  2. Timmy

    Timmy Songster

    Nov 12, 2009
    Buff's are what the hatcheries sale. So that what most people get.
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Quote:Ditto- I had buffs because they were easier to find and much less expensive than the other colors. Plus we were just starting out- and I was going gaga for chickens. I got them because I wanted just more, not any paricular color.
  4. cupman

    cupman Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR
    well I have 13 chicks and only one of them is a buff orpington. If I could go back in time I think I would have gotten more, I'd like to go get more now but I think I'm maxed on chickens for this year.

    A couple reasons why buff orpingtons are a good choice:
    1) I don't know where you live, but I live in the pacific northwest, colder more dreary weather. Buff orpingtons are very tough against cold weather.
    2) The buffs get to be a little larger than your average chickens.. I think the females can weigh up to 9 or 10 pounds. (might want to check that)
    3) They lay eggs nearly year round, even when the daylight starts to lessen.
    4) I've heard they're rather docile birds, not as aggressive as other breeds, just kind of a go-with-the-flow attitude bird.

    They're a really cool bird, I think next year when I build my chicken mansion and increase my flock size to 50 I'll be picking up more orpingtons.
  5. Balbinka

    Balbinka Songster

    Apr 16, 2011
    I have Buffs because they were what was readily available to me.
    I also just love their adult feather color... their feathers in the sunlight shine like gold with strawberries and copper tints mixed in.

    And their personalities are just amazing. Orpingtons and Brahmas are definitely the more "chill" birds of my group.
  6. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    Most people get chicks from a feedstore or ordered from a hatchery, those places almost exclusively have buff and not the other color of orpingtons. If you have an incubator it makes it a little eaiser to get the colors you want without driving great distances to get other colors.
  7. ll

    ll Songster

    Thank you.

    ... and can anyone else post about personality for colors?
    ... or is it personality for breed?
    (I know every one has their own individual personality ~ but I just wonder if a blue or black is generally as nice as a buff)

  8. corancher

    corancher Songster

    Apr 18, 2007
    I have Buff, White, Lavender, Black, Blue, & Splash colored Orpingtons. They are all super sweet in personality. Working on Golden Laced also and they are also sweet.
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I only have Lavender Orpingtons, 2 pullets. I got them from a breeder on BYC, they are beautiful, very laid back and sweet. I hope to get more in the future.
  10. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    I notice the difference in personalities more from the different strains...I have found Bamachickens orpingtons to be the friendliest (she is here on BYC and does sell eggs). I know a lot of a chickens "freindliness" comes from how much exposure they get to humans (i.e. treats hahaha) but I see some difference just on which strain they are from, just my own opinion

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