The Home Stores

Orpington Chickens


The definitive website on Chickens & Other Fowl



Orpington Chickens

Orpington

The Black Orpington produced in 1886 by Mr Cook at Orpington, County Kent, England, from a Black Langshan-Black Minorca-Black Plymouth Rock cross, is the original Orpington. The Buff (1894) and White (1889) varieties were produced from crosses other than those which were used to make up the Black Orpington. Cochin blood was introduced into some of the earlier strains of Orpingtons as evidenced by some of the more loosely feathered specimens. The original Black Orpington came to America in 1890.

The Blue Orpingtons were produced from crossing the Black and White varieties in 1923.





Characteristics: Orpingtons are heavily but loosely feathered, appearing massive. Their feathering allows them to endure cold temperatures better than some other breeds. They exist only in solid colors; are at home on free range or in relatively confined situations; and are docile. Hens exhibit broodiness and generally make good mothers. Chicks are not very aggressive and are often the underdogs when several breeds are brooded together. They are a good general use fowl.

  • Standard Weights: Cock-10 pounds; hen-8-1/2 pounds; cockerel-8 pounds; pullet-7 pounds.
  • Skin Color: White
  • Egg Shell Color: Brown
  • Use: Egg and meat Producer
  • Origin: Great Britain




Full Index of:

Standard Chicken Breeds

Ameraucana - American Game - Ancona - Andalusian - Appenzeller Spitzhauben - Araucana - Aseel - Australorp - Barnevelder - Brabanter - Brahma - Buckeye - Buttercups - Campine - Catalana - Chantecler - Cochin - Cornish - Crevecoeur - Cubalaya - Cuckoo Maran - Delaware - Dominique - Dorking - Faverolles - Fayoumis - Frizzle - Game - Modern - Game - Old English - Hamburg - Holland - Houdan - Iowa Blue - Java - Jersey Giant - Lakenvelder - Langshan - La Fleche - Lamonas - Leghorn - Malay - Manx Rumpie - Minorca - Naked Neck-turken - New Hampshire Red - Norwegian Jaerhon - Orloff - Orpington - Phoenix - Plymouth Rock - Polish - Redcap - Rhode Island Red - Sicilian Buttercup - Silver Krainekoppe - Spitzhauben - Star - Sultan - Sumatra - Sussex - Vorwerk - Welsummer - White Faced Black Spanish - Wyandotte - Yokohama