Like a carefully crafted watercolor painting, where the color moves on it's own, the Isabel Orpington looks like a soft brush of color carefully applied. While it takes time and patience to produce the Isabell living art to be admired in your backyard, the Isabel Orpingtons are worth it. You and your neighbors will enjoy admiring the look of fluffy sunshine clouds of feathers on these incredible rare chickens.
The Isabel Orpington is an extremely rare and beautiful color. The main body color is a light cream due to the diluting effect of lavender over red with lavender cuckoo feathering to the neck hackles, wing tips, and tail feathers. This is not the easiest of colors to breed. After several generations the lavender will fade and it becomes time to introduce Crele Orpington back into the breeding program to darken the Lavender and define the barred partridge pattern.
In general, this is a breeding chart and what offspring is produced based on parents being bred:
Double Barred Male X Barred Female = Double Barred Males, Barred Females
Single Barred Male X Barred Female = 25% Double Barred Males, 25% Single Barred Males, 25% Barred Females, 25% Solid Females
Double Barred Male X Solid Female = Single Barred Males, Barred Females
Single Barred Male X Solid Female =25% Single Barred Males, 25% Barred Females,50% Solid
Solid Male X Barred Female = All single Barred Males, All Solid Females
Egg Color/ Freqency:
Gifts 3-4 large Brown eggs a week
Iconic for being friendly. Excellent family breed.
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 was a decent layer and was good for the table too. 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’ rather than a breed initially. When he created the Buff Orpington, he used different breeds 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 relatively new variety of the Orpington family, in fact – you could probably say it is a ‘designer bird’. In the UK it really started with the renowned and respected breeder Priscilla Middleton in the mid-1990s’. It has taken her many years of cross – breeding to get the exact size and type she wanted, but she has a very impressive and successful line of Lavender Orpingtons now.
The bird is now widely bred throughout the UK and Europe having breed clubs in several European countries as well as the UK and USA.