September 2, 2014

Orpington – Chicken Breed

 

Orpington

 

 

 

 

  • Adult Weight – Male 4.5 kg (10 lb), Female 3.6 – 4.8 kg (7.9 – 10.6 lbs)
  • Colour - black (single or rose comb), blue (laced) buff and white
  • Purpose – Egg layer and show
  • Egg Production – Small to Medium sized 175 – 200 per annum
  • Egg Colour – Light Brown
  • Country of Origin – Kent, England

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History

 

The Black Orpington was created and introduced in 1886 by William Cook, who named it after his home town of Orpington in Kent, England. To get the Black Orpington, Cook crossed Minorcas, Plymouth Rock and Langshans. The White Orpington followed 3 years later and was a cross between a White Leghorn, Black Hamburg and a White Dorking. The Buff Orpington was introduced later and is the most popular Orpington Chicken in North America.

 

Behaviour

Orpingtons are lazy birds and will grow fat if not free ranged. They have a very strong tendency to go broody and therefore make great mothers. Their wingspan is short therefore they can be kept in areas with low fences.

 

Appearance

The Orpington has a heavy, broad body with a low stance and their legs are mostly covered by the down from their bodies. The standard colours for an Orpington are black (single or rose comb), blue (laced) buff and white. The dark colours have dark eyes and legs while the paler colours have red eyes and white legs.

 

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