The Orpington is one of the best breeds for newcomers to chickens and families with young children. Named for the English town where they were developed, Orpingtons come in several feather colors. Orpingtons are known for being big quiet birds with fluffy feathers that keep them toasty warm during frigid weather.
|Temperament||Weight||Eggs per Year||Egg Size||Egg Color||Cold Hardy||Heat Hardy|
|Docile, Calm, Gentle, Friendly||8-9 lbs||200||Medium||Brown||Yes||Yes|
|Temperament||Docile, Calm, Gentle, Friendly|
|Eggs per Year||200|
Orpingtons were first imported to the U.S in 1900 and have been a favorite farm-flock and exhibition chicken since. In England, their popularity sky-rocketed, breeders developed many new varieties in addition to the Black, Buff, Blue, and White. Until recently, none of these other color patterns had yet made their way to the United States. English-bred Orpingtons tend to have looser fitting feathers, shorter bodies, and shorter legs. They are broad across the back and have a more rounded shape compared to American-bred Orpingtons. Hens lay approximately 200-medium brown eggs. Mature adults weigh eight to nine pounds. Despite their differences, the English are still similar to the American-bred birds. They are good dual-purpose birds and have a gentle temperament. We are excited to offer the following varieties of English Orpingtons: Silver, Blue, Chocolate, Jubilee, and Mottled.
Buff Orpingtons are the most common color of Orpington. They are beautiful buff color and have light-colored legs and beaks. Hens lay approximately 220 medium brown eggs a year. Mature adults weigh six to seven pounds. As chicks, they are buff-colored and have some darker buff feathers around their necks.
Lavender Orpingtons are a rare breed. They have fluffy silver-lavender plumage and will stand out in any flock. They will lay approximately 220 medium brown eggs a year and weigh seven to eight pounds at maturity. Lavender Orpington chicks are grey with dark legs and beaks.