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

Author: amy elizabeth

Writer, Author, Artist, Chicken Keeping Resource Blogger

11 thoughts on “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.

      1. Although I know it is a lot of hard work and you are dog tired at the end of a day, but I also have a feeling it is what my dad would call “a good tired”. 😉 Patty

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