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Buff Orpington

The Orpington is a breed of chicken named after Orpington, England,which was made famous in part by this breed. Belonging to the English class of chickens, it was bred to be an excellent layer with good meat quality.Their large size and soft appearance together with their rich color and gentle contours make them very attractive, and as such its popularity has grown as a show bird rather than a utility breed. They go broody very often, and make great mothers. Although rather heavy, they are able to fly small distances but rarely do, so they work well as backyard birds. Due to their build they do well in very cold climates. The fluff of their feathers allows rain water to penetrate, so they must be kept out of the rain.

Appearance:

The Orpington has a heavy, broad body with a low stance, and the down from their body covers most of their legs.

Some characteristics of an Orpington are:

  • Heavy weight (7 to 10 pounds),
  • Soft, profuse feathering, which almost hides the legs of the bird,
  • Curvy shape with a short back and U-shaped underline,
  • A small head with a medium single comb.
  • Large and usually easily tamed
  • Fluffy feathers making it look distinctively large.

Utility Aspect:

Orpingtons lay about 175 to 200medium to largelight-brown eggs a year. They do not stop laying in the winter.

It was said that at one time Orpingtons were capable of laying as many as 340eggs per year. This decline in production was due to breeders selecting for looks over utility.

The chickens also get large, so they are suited for eating also. They are also great mothers. All of these qualities make them perfect Homestead chickens.

 

  • Item #: HC-BO

Chick, Buff Orpington

Price: $10.00
2 or more: $7.00 each
5 or more: $5.00 each
25 or more: $3.50 each
50 or more: $3.00 each
100 or more: $2.75 each
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