Buff Orpington

The most common of the Orpington chicken breeds, the Buff version is a later-developed variety, developed by William Cook in Orpington, Kent, England. This chicken was revealed in 1894, and made its way to the USA soon afterward. They hit a decline, but are now recovering and becoming a popular choice for the backyard chicken owners like us. They lay a good number of eggs and are heavily and loosely feathered (lots of feathers that are fluffed outward).

  • Appearance: They should be a buff color, which would look like a rich amber or yellow-orange, there are many that look more dark, or light in color, but try to get as close between as you can. They have a red single comb, red earlobes, white skin, a light pink beak, and red-bay eyes.
  • Weight: Rooster-10 Hen-8 Cockerel-8.5 Pullet-7*
  • Purpose: They are dual purpose, especially with their heavy frame.*
  • Origin: Buff Orpingtons were bred in Orpington, Kent, England, like I said before.
  • Common: Yes, the Buff variety is the most common of the Orpington breed, but not as common as the White Leghorn or Rhode Island Red.
  • Egg color: Light brown
  • Egg size: Medium
  • Eggs a week/year: 3-4 eggs a week/175-200 a year
  • Broody: Yes, they prefer to have large batches of eggs and will be very maternal.
  • Confinement: They are very easy-going by nature, and it is not like them to try to escape.
  • Compatibility: As they are larger, and more laid-back, they are often low in the pecking order. As a result they along great with other Buff Orpingtons, but may be picked on by other chickens.
  • Hardy: They are very cold hardy from all of their feathers, but they may not do too well in the heat for the same reason.
  • Bantam: Yes*
  • Personality: As I said Buff Orpingtons are very laid back, and maternal. They are very loving to their owner, and are the kind of chicken that you could handle and pet a lot.
Buff Orpingtons are a very friendly, loving chicken. They produce a good number of eggs, and are very good for roasting. Definitely good if you would want to show your chicken to your friends, and family, while still being useful.
Photo courtesy of Flickr user: vylettefairwell
Information courtesy of: http://www.quakerfarm.com/quakerpoultry.html
http://www.unitedorpingtonclub.com/standard.htm
http://www.easternplains.com/orpington%20history.htm
*for more information on terms listed above, see Key to Chicken Entries

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