Why we like them: Iconic for being kid friendly. Beauty that can only truly appreciated in person. The closer you look, the deeper your eyes are drawn into the breath-taking fine art nature designed inside each feather of the Isabel Orpington. This southern bell ball off puffy feathers will be the envy of the neighborhood.
Feather Colors: The Isabel Orpington looks like a soft brush of color carefully applied. While it takes a lot of our time and patience to produce this 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 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 a Crele Orpington parent to darken the Lavender and define the barred partridge pattern.
This chart is of what offspring is produced based on parent genetics:
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/ Frequency: Gifts 3-4 large brown eggs a week
Personality: Iconic for being friendly. Isabel Orpington chickens are an excellent cold hardy breed for families just getting started in their chicken raising pursuit.
Breed History: 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 new variety of the Orpington family, that is ultra-rare to find. The difficulty and dedication it takes to improve the coloration is intense work that is not for the light hearted.