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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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Buff gold and silver laced and splash Orpingtons

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Description: Growers-pol Buff, gold and silver laced Jubilee and splash Orpingtons priced £25- £40. Please call/message to arrange a visit. We are in Biggin Hill Kent area, TN16, Visit our website at noddyspurebreeds.co.uk. PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE MAKING PAYMENT REGARDING STOCK.

White Orpington Bantam Cockeral

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Description: We have a cracking little bantam cockeral that we need to sell as he doesn't fit our breeding criteria (he's not buff coloured!). What this little chap lacks in size he more than makes up for in character. He is the bravest of our 3 cockerels and if he were buff he'd be A keeper for sure. We are based in Bedford, Bedfordshire.

Latest Reviews For Orpington (5 of 59)

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Very friendly. Bantam orpingtons - Katie, South yorkshire,

Lovely, fluffy, attractive chickens. I have the bantam type, about the size of a normal hen. Tame, sometimes to the extreme. I have to step over one of mine she just sits at your feet! Very little damage to my garden. Not an amazing number of eggs but fairly consistent throughout the year. Withstand the cold well. Good at eating all the bugs in my garden, and good at stealing my raspberries! A lovely chicken to have around.

- Amy,

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! :)

A beautiful chicken, very docile and friendly! - Connie,

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!!

These are the best chickens ever! - Sms,

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

Great birds!!! - Fliss,

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!!!

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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