Orpingtons

Rating:
2.92857/5,
  • Egg Size:
    Large
    Purpose:
    Multiple
    Egg Color:
    brown
    Egg Laying Rating:
    Good
    Chicken Size:
    Large
    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. Being rather heavy, they are able to fly small distances and 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

    Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orpington_(chicken)

    Orpingtons are big, friendly dual-purpose birds originally developed in the UK, and for many small farms Orpingtons are the only way to go! They're friendly and cold-hardy due to their fluffy plumage. The Buff Orpington is the most popular and all varieties, especially the black and blue, are rare.
    Source: http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/Orpington-B80.aspx

Recent Reviews

  1. Sylvester017
    3/5,
    "EGGS ARE DECENT SIZE, MAY NOT ALWAYS BE THE..."
    Pros - Reportedly good egg layers but not as good as Leghorns, will brood their own chicks
    Cons - After raising a first brood of chicks the hens become more aggressive to other flockmates but perhaps true of most breeds, large breed that can become a bully toward gentler or smaller birds, as chicks seem to be more aggressive and bullies toward other chick breeds in the brooder
    A chicken is a chicken and their hormones and moults and brooding can make any sweet hen a terror sometimes. However, our experience is that the Orps are rather pushy as chicks in the brooder toward flockmates and doesn't seem to improve as adults. Our friends love their Orps brown eggs but dealing with the broodiness of the breed frustrates them. Because of the broodiness of our Silkies, we decided to get non-brooding Leghorns for a constant supply of uninterrupted eggs. However, during moult even a Leghorn gets nasty tempered. A larger nastier Orp would be detrimental mixed with our Silkies and Ameraucanas so would not mix a large Orp or Australorp with gentler or smaller breeds as being a bully is too tempting for them.
  2. orpelover
    1/5,
    ""
    Girl
  3. pollythebird

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