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.)


  • 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
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