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Orpington Chicken - Breed Profile

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A Buff Orpington pullet.

A Buff Orpington pullet.

Photo © Lauren Ware

Breed Name

Orpington

Size

Large/heavy (7-8 lb). Also come in bantam.

Recognized Varieties

Buff, black, blue, white. Buff is common, others rare.

Rarity

Common (buff).

Purpose

Dual purpose, originally for meat.

History, Origins, and About the Breed

Orpingtons were originally bred in the United Kingdom. They are are one of the top choices for small farms and homesteads because they are docile, sweet, and grow nice and large. They are a wonderful dual-purpose bird, laying eggs and producing tasty meat, and since the mothers go broody easily, you can have a natural setup where your flock reproduces and continues for generations. Orpingtons are also very cold-hardy and lay well through frigid winters and dark, short days.

Temperament/Behavior

Gentle and docile, calm and patient. Great with kids.

Climate Hardiness

Heavy, suited for cold.

Broodiness

Can be quite broody.

Egg Production

Good, about 3 eggs per week.

Egg Color

Brown

Egg Size

Large

Comb Type

Single Comb

Feathered Legs

No

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