Chickens for Backyards

Buff Orpington

The Buff Orpington originated in Orpington, England in the late 1800s which explains their regal name. These birds have always been very popular for those that enjoy producing their own eggs. Being one of the most docile and gentle of all laying hens is what naturally makes them a favorite for families of all ages. Buff Orpingtons are among the top rated backyard pets for many reasons. The most obvious trait that people notice is their fluffy tan colored appearance. They are classified as a large bird and much of the reason is their thick stature and illusion of being even larger than their actual size, due to a heavy concentration of down feathers that puff out their outer feathers. This also makes this breed very cold tolerant. However, having fluffy feathers does allow rain to penetrate their plumage, so its recommended for them to have a place for them to retreat during rain showers. They are somewhat heavy, so flight is not a part of their nature making them easier to care for in a residential or confined setting. Buff Orpingtons are strong layers throughout the seasons and will account for about 150 eggs per year. If you are looking for a good setter, this breed will also be a great choice. Hens will normally reach an average weight of 7 pounds and roosters can reach up to 8 1/2 pounds.


 Egg Color Brown  Hardiness Very Cold Hardy
 Egg Size Large  Broody Yes
 Production Good  Hen Weight 7
 Personality Quiet & Affectionate  Rooster Weight 8 1/2