Orpington Chickens, in general, are big, round, fluffy chickens and could arguably be the softest of all the breeds.
The essence of lots of feathers - their fluffiness reminds me of a southern bell's dress. They are cold hardy and sound chickens.
They are heavy and wide chickens, and thus are not good at flying, which makes them quite easy to contain even with short fencing.
EGGS THEY GIFT
Gifts 3-4 large brown eggs a week
Iconic for being a great family pet that dispenses eggs. Orpingtons are large, calm, and friendly birds. They have been described as 'lap chickens' by many. They are great with children, and they also make good pet chickens.
The original Orpington was created in England back in the 1880s by William Cook who lived in the village of Orpington in Kent, England. His vision was to create a bird that had dual purpose. From the Black Orpington, he went on to create several other Orpington colors – Buff being the most well-known. Mr Cook really created a ‘brand’. When he created the Buff Orpington, he used different bloodlines of fowl from the Black Orpington. The Black was composed of Langshan, Barred Rock and Minorcas while the Buff was composed of Cochin, Dorking and spangled Hamburgs. This was controversial in its day but is widely accepted practice now.
The Lavender Orpington is a designer bird and is a relatively new variety of the Orpington family. In the UK it really started with the renowned and respected, Priscilla Middleton in the mid-1990s’. It has taken us years of crossing various bloodlines to get the exact size and type we wanted, but we have a very impressive and successful line of Lavender Orpingtons now.
Several communities have laws in which roosters are not allowed. The sex of a Orpington being reliably identifiable by external characteristics on average is 90%. Vent sexing as a day old is most common sexing method for this breed. Thus, industry standard is to offer as a female chick or pullet. To assist city families, we offer with your choice of female coverage or DNA sexed.
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