The Orpington is a large
chicken. The word 'buff' refers to the colour.
Orpingtons were originally black and were first
developed in 1886 by William Cook, who crossed
several breeds to create a new breed. There
are now many colours of Orpington.
The breed was named after
Cook's home town - Orpington - in Kent.
Orpingtons are cheerful birds,
fluffy and docile. They are usually extremely
broody and make excellent mothers.
Where do Orpingtons live?
Originally bred in the UK, Orpingtons were also
taken over the seas to Australia by the early
Why do we keep Orpingtons?
The Orpington was originally bred for both meat
and eggs. Their eggs are cream to light brown.
Their meat is becoming popular, but until now
the Orpington has mainly been used for eggs
or as a show bird.
4 - 5 years, but sometimes up to 10 years.