Chicken Breed Profile

Courtesy Mr. Fancy Plants Nursery


A rare breed, the Orpington chicken was developed in England in the late 1800s and brought to America shortly after. Available in black, blue, buff and white varieties, they were bred to provide both meat and eggs. They come in both standard and bantam sizes.

Weight: 7 to 8 pounds

Urban Uses: Orpingtons are calm birds that tolerate confinement. They are good layers, producing three eggs per week.

Egg Size: Large (standard type)

Second Thoughts: Because of their large size, Orpingtons need a spacious coop.

Breed Association: United Orpington Club, American Bantam Association, American Poultry Association

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