Buff Orpingtons

Oyster Cracker and Sunshine 3 days old

Buff Orpingtons are a hardy, cold tolerant breed of chicken that are docile and a delight to raise with children.  They are a beautiful golden color with tan legs and gorgeous red wattles, earlobes and combs.  Dating to the 1800’s and originating in Orpington, Kent, England, they have gained popularity for many of these traits.  They come in an array of other colors including black, white, splash and even rare blue.

These birds are known to be a heavy dual breed used for meat and eggs.  Some Buff Orpingtons can reach up to 10 pounds.  Due to their weight, many can not fly.  Other characteristics include soft feathers that cover up the majority of their legs, curvy figures and single combs.  They lay light brown eggs and will even continue to lay in wintry conditions.

These birds also make excellent mothers and will go broody at times.  They are also easy to tame and enjoy sitting in your lap and taking treats from your hands.  They are not skittish, in fact they are curious and a terrific addition to anyone’s flock.

Oyster Cracker and Sunshine, 1 year old

Oyster Cracker and Sunshine are our two Buff Orpingtons.  I get the most compliments on their beautiful feathers and their overall appearance.  They also are great friends and seem to get along with almost everyone in the flock.  I rarely see them have to assert themselves with the other chickens and most importantly, they are gentle with the children.  Based on my two girls, I can understand why some people choose to keep a flock entirely composed of Buff Orpingtons.

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest

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