Large/heavy (7-8 lb). Also come in bantam.
Buff, black, blue, white. Buff is common, others rare.
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.
Gentle and docile, calm and patient. Great with kids.
Heavy, suited for cold.
Can be quite broody.
Good, about 3 eggs per week.