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Buff Orpington Chickens

September 3rd, 2010 at 15:08

Buff Orpington Chickens | A Great Breed For The Novice Chicken Keeper.

Buff Orpington Chickens, Appearance & Background

Buff Orpington ChickensThe Orpington Chicken was first introduced at the London Dairy Show of 1886. The first strain was the black variety, but due to popular demand for the breed it wasn’t long before  white and buff varieties were added.

Today many more variations are found including blue, partridge, cuckoo, buff-black, laced, birchen and Columbian are quite common.

The Orpington is a heavy bird with soft feathers. It has a small single comb but I’ve seen a few of the black orpingtons with a rose comb.

Caring For Your Orpingtons.

Buffys or other colour Orpingtons are a lovely docile hen, even the cocks are easy to keep and they can’t be bothered to crow much either. So if you’re wanting to breed from your flock then this breed is a great choice.

My Buff Orpington Chicken CoupleChildren love these friendly birds and they will make excellent pet chickens as they are very easy to tame. The bantam variety are a great selction for the younger children to tend.

These happy birds are not flighty and so you can fence them in with just a couple of feet high fencing, as they’re not interested in flying due to their short wings.

One thing to mention is, if kept in a mixed flock, they may be subject to bullying by more aggressive breeds.

Buff Orpingtons Eggs & Broodiness

Don’t expect too many eggs as the breeding of these hens concentrated on the feathers rather than laying qualities. On saying that you should still get up to 200 light brown eggs a year.

Buffys make great mothers and during the spring and summer do tend to become broody. As I mentioned before the cocks are pretty docile too, so if you’re wanting to breed chicks then Orpingtons are a great choice.

On the other hand, if you’re not into breeding, then the chooks broodiness can become a bit annoying because she’ll spend all day on her nestbox.

Buff Orpington Chickens Are A Great Choice For Starting Your Flock & They Make Lovely Pets For Your Children…

Here’s some buffys having a nice quiet time…

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