The Black Orpington was created and introduced in 1886 by William Cook. This new hybrid bird was then named after William\'s residence in Kent. To create the black he crossed it with Minorcas, Plymouth Rock and Langshans. The White Orpington followed 3 years later and was a cross between a White Leghorn and a Black Hamburg and a White Dorking. This was not such a popular colour at the time. The Buff Orpington was introduced later as people wanted a buff coloured bird. The Queen Mother was apparently a keeper of this bird.


Orpingtons are birds which like to be free range. They have a very strong tendency to go broody and therefore make great mothers. Their eggs are small and pinkish. They are greedy birds and need exercise to keep fit. Their wingspan is short therefore they can be kept in areas with low fences.


The standard colours for an Orpington are black (single or rose comb), blue (laced) buff and white. They are a heavy but loosely feathered bird which makes it look large. The blues and blacks are the largest colours. The buffs and whites are slightly smaller. The dark colours have dark eyes and legs while the paler colours have red eyes and white legs.

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I was given two Buff Orpington females as a wedding present last year. I absolutely love them! They are very friendly, they keep very clean and tidy, they don't mess up my garden and they lay quite small eggs but very regularly. They are the perfect hen to get if you have a low fence too! Looking forward to getting some more! :)

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when I went chicken-shopping, I was just browsing when I came across these beautiful birds, they were calm and docile and just super friendly! I picked one up and I fell in love with her, get Orpingtons, they are beautiful, pretty chickens, with just such a peaceful, nice characters, I highly recommend the buff Orpington!!

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I have a buff orpington and she is soooooo smart! Great layer and so friendly

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Chocolate Orpington Bantams I have 2 of these lovely hens and they both lay dark brown eggs. They love being handled and you can easily feed them from your hand. I have had 1 of them go broody but she quickly got over that as she began to understand they wouldn’t hatch! Highly recommended birds!!!

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Wij hebben onze Orpington kippen nu een half jaar en het zijn fantastische beestjes! We hadden al even in ons hoofd om kippen te nemen voor de gezelligheid. Uiteindelijk kregen we vijf jonge orpington hennen en een haan. Ze zijn geweldig om te houden. Ze worden wel aardig groot, maar ze zier er ook heel mooi uit. Ze hebben wel veel ruimte nodig en als je ze op een grasland laat lopen, wat in ons geval zo is, blijft er vrijwel niets over van het gras. Ze kunnen heel mak worden en worden ook snel broeds. De haan heeft een mooie, lage kraai en niet zo schel. Ze zijn altijd enthousiast als je ze komt opzoeken! Zeker een aanrader!

Breeder Clubs for Orpington

Buff Orpington Club

Email: phil.boy@virgin.net

Telephone: 01904 468387

Orpington Club

Email: andrew.srichardson@virgin.net

Website: www.theorpingtonclub.co.uk

Telephone: 01995 601772

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