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PUBLISHED: 10:48 23 December 2010 | UPDATED: 12:29 15 July 2015

Orpinsgton (Buff)

Orpinsgton (Buff)

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A British layer available in large fowl and bantam


Origin: Britain

Classification: Heavy, soft feather

Size: Large fowl

and bantam

Function: Layer

Egg colour: Tinted

Temperament: Sedate, easily tamed

Originating in Orpington, Kent, in the late 19th century, this was a dual-purpose breed with Langshan in its ancestry, amongst others. Layers were said to be able to produce over 300 eggs a year, which would have made it the egg producer of its time. Unfortunately, like so many other breeds shown today, the Orpington is now unlikely to lay more than about 50 eggs a year, due in part to the development of under-fluff and loose, soft feathers for exhibition. A docile bird, they’re a familiar sight at many shows and recognisable by many people. Their large stature makes them a good garden bird, as they don’t fly and can be restrained by low fences around borders. Their only requirement is a dry area to perch, to prevent their under-fluff from getting waterlogged. Standard Orpington colours are blue, black, white and buff.


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