Orpington

Buff Orpington Hen

The Orpington is one of my favorite breeds. They are very sweet, friendly, and seldom bullies towards the other members of the flock. However, living in the desert where the temperatures reach well over 110 they have proven their tolerance for heat to be quite low. Especially considering they can be broody and won’t leave the coop where temperatures can be life threatening. Every situation is different and they may be fine as free range chickens with plenty of shade and water.

Details of the Buff Orpington:
Type:   Large Fowl & Bantam
Size:   7-8 pounds
Purpose:   Dual (meat or egg production)
Recognized Varieties:   Buff, Black, Blue, White, (buff is most common.)

Egg Factoids:
Color:  Brown
Size:  Large
Frequency:  3-4 per week

Breed Features:
Feathered Legs: No
Crested: No
Comb Type: Single Comb
Number of Toes: 4

Character & Traits:
Accepts confinement well
Cold Hardy
Heat tolerant to 100 degrees
Docile, friendly
Broody / Setter
Good layers through the winter

History and Origin of the Orpington:

amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch

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About tbnranch

amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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11 Responses to Orpington

  1. I am sorry about Butter, she is indeed a very pretty hen. I never really looked closely at one they are very beautiful. Although I have no regrets being a city gal, at times I wonder what it would be like to live where I can have hens and other farm animals. I appreciate your pictures.

  2. bulldogsturf says:

    great birds… know them quite well…

  3. Shenandoah Valley Homesteader says:

    I just added two buffs to my flock. They are great birds!

  4. tbnranch says:

    Thank you. Glad you stopped by. 🙂

  5. Chancy and Mumsy says:

    Beautiful hen and she walks with head held high. Hugs

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