Orpington Chickens

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The Black Orpington was created and introduced in 1886 by William Cook. This new hybrid bird was then named after William\'s residence in Kent. To create the black he crossed it with Minorcas, Plymouth Rock and Langshans. The White Orpington followed 3 years later and was a cross between a White Leghorn and a Black Hamburg and a White Dorking. This was not such a popular colour at the time. The Buff Orpington was introduced later as people wanted a buff coloured bird. The Queen Mother was apparently a keeper of this bird.


Orpingtons are birds which like to be free range. They have a very strong tendency to go broody and therefore make great mothers. Their eggs are small and pinkish. They are greedy birds and need exercise to keep fit. Their wingspan is short therefore they can be kept in areas with low fences.


The standard colours for an Orpington are black (single or rose comb), blue (laced) buff and white. They are a heavy but loosely feathered bird which makes it look large. The blues and blacks are the largest colours. The buffs and whites are slightly smaller. The dark colours have dark eyes and legs while the paler colours have red eyes and white legs.

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           Prachtige kippen!

- Nikki, 10 April 2014

Wij hebben onze Orpington kippen nu een half jaar en het zijn fantastische beestjes! We hadden al even in ons hoofd om kippen te nemen voor de gezelligheid. Uiteindelijk kregen we vijf jonge orpington hennen en een haan. Ze zijn geweldig om te houden. Ze worden wel aardig groot, maar ze zier er ook heel mooi uit. Ze hebben wel veel ruimte nodig en als je ze op een grasland laat lopen, wat in ons geval zo is, blijft er vrijwel niets over van het gras. Ze kunnen heel mak worden en worden ook snel broeds. De haan heeft een mooie, lage kraai en niet zo schel. Ze zijn altijd enthousiast als je ze komt opzoeken! Zeker een aanrader!

           16weeks old

- Bridges, 10 December 2013

Ordered 15 Buff Orpington Bantams in August 2013. Eleven Survived the shipping hazards. Out of them I have 4 confirmed Pullets. It took 12 long weeks to determine the sexes, as these particular cockerels have very small cones, and wattles, and their neck and saddle plumage is just now coming on. I want more hens, as they are naturally tame and docile. I will try to raise only 4 to 6 more hens from this initial flock, as I have other breeds also.


- Brandon, 12 October 2013

A great layer and an excellent meat breed

           Lovely bird

- Janine, 11 March 2013

Lovely birds do tend to get a bit messy underneath with so many feathers. Very friendly with all the other birds as well. Have found that one of the hens lays round eggs which appear to have a water in the shell with the egg, not sure if anyone else has experienced this. A bit off putting when poaching as a cloud of white appears along side of solid white.


- , 09 December 2012


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Buff Orpington Club

E-mail: phil.boy@virgin.net

Tel: 01904 468387

Orpington Club

E-mail: andrew.srichardson@virgin.net

Website: www.theorpingtonclub.co.uk

Tel: 01995 601772

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