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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.
Orpington For Sale
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GOLD-LACED ORPINGTON cockerel for sale
Description: Nice-natured cockerel with beautiful gold-laced plumage seeks hens of any breed to befriend and protect. We unfortunately have two surplus purebred cockerels that could be used for pure-breeding gold-laced Orpingtons, but can also give hardy cross-breds with beautiful plumage (when crossed with Sussex, gingernuts etc). Their lovely nature makes gold-laced Orpington cockerels great pets too.
Pair of Buff Orpingtons (hen and cockerel - large fowl)
Description: Beautiful pair of Orpingtons seek a caring home. They are a very docile, tame breed that make excellent pets. Equally, these are purebreds that could be used as part of a breeding flock. We are keen to find them a new home soon, as we are fast running out of grass in our chicken run!
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