The Buff Orpington belongs to the English Class. The Buff variety is the most popular variety of the Orpingtons. Buff Orpington Chickens are a popular dual-purpose variety known for their fluffy feathers, excellent mothering skills, and sweet disposition. They are sometimes called “Big Buffs,” because they are loosely feathered and appear to be heavier than their true weight. Buff Orpingtons are friendly and affectionate, making them the perfect breed for children. Buff Orpington Chickens mature moderately early and are good layers of large brown eggs. They are also very cold hardy and very broody mothers, making them a great choice for the backyard homestead. Buff Orpington chicks are light buff or straw colored. The color is even throughout the body except that some of the heads are a darker buff color. They have single combs and clean, white legs and feet. The mature Buff Orpington is a heavy bird covered in loose, buff colored feathers that are broad and smooth fitting on their deep body. Their Beak, shanks, and toes are pinkish white. Their comb, wattles and ear lobes are bright red.
- Poultry Show Class: English Class
- Weights: Hen: 8 lbs Rooster: 10 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Pproduction, Egg Laying, Meat
- Color of Egg Shell: Brown
- Egg Production: 240-280 eggs per year
- Egg Size: Large
- Temperament: Docile
- Broody: Setter
- Country of Origin: England
- APA: Yes, Recognized by the American Standard of Perfection in 1902.
- ALBC: Recovering Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed
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