Everything You Need to Know About the Orpington Chicken

Posted by Paige Cerulli
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The Orpington chicken is a large, attractive chicken known for being docile and quiet. 

The Orpington chicken is a dual-use chicken (for both eggs and meat) which has an impressive appearance. The Orpington has generous plumage which makes it hardy during winters. It can be raised free-range or confined, and its docile personality makes it a great choice for many breeders and hobbyists.

The Orpington originated in Great Britain. The breed began during the "Hen Fever" of the 1800s, during which time interest in breeding chickens was peaked. William Cook crossed Minorcas, Langshans, and Plymouth Rock chickens to create the Orpington. The breed was named after Orpington, Kent, where it was raised.

The Orpington is a beautiful chicken breed. The breed's excellent temperament and cold tolerance make it a great choice for breeders and hobbyists, alike.

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General Appearance

The Orpington is a large chicken, weighing between 8 and 10 pounds on average. It has soft feathering and white skin. The Orpington has a broad body, and its wide stance places its body fairly close to the ground. It has a single comb.


Orpington chickens come in four color varieties: Buff, Black, Blue, and White. The Buff variety is the most common.

Egg Laying

The Orpington is a good egg layer, laying approximately three eggs per week.


Orpington chickens are known for being docile, sweet, and easy to tame. Because of their docile personalities, Orpingtons can sometimes be beaten up when contained with other, more aggressive breed types.

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