We have increased our breeding group for 2014 and now have 4 stunning cockerels running with 13 unrelated hens.
These large and feathery birds were named after the town of Orpington in Kent where their creator lived in the 1880's. William Cook first bred the Black variety followed 8 years later by the White and Buff forms. At Haytor Reach we keep Buff Orpington's.
Developed as a dual purpose breed, over the years as showing became popular, birds gained more feather and less weight, we are lucky to have found breeding stock as close to the original as possible, making them still a good choice for smallholders raising birds for table and eggs.
Though one of the larger birds we keep the Buff's are a joy to own. They are calm and gentle and very friendly, even our superb cockerel 'Chirpy' enjoys a cuddle from our youngest daughter. We are always greeted enthusiastically with a high speed comical 'waddle' and followed around the pen. They are easy to care for and hardy, all venturing out in the January snow. Buff's rarely fly and will stay inside low fencing or electric poultry nets. Laying a fair amount of dark cream/light brown eggs per season. Because of their placid nature they can be bullied if kept in a mixed flock.
Due to their size a little consideration needs to be taken when purchasing a chicken house for many on the market have very small pop-holes which can cause damage to the Buff's beautiful feathering and we provide a covered feeding area which they appreciate when it rains.
Despite their wonderful personality Orpington's took a decline with the introduction of hybrids and today they are listed by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
If you have the sufficient space to offer Buff Orpington's a good home, they make ideal 'family' birds.
- Chickens for family homes.
- Do little damage to the ground!
- Ideal as children's pets.
- Suitable for beginners.
- Dual purpose birds (meat and eggs).
- 200 Estimated eggs per season.
One Box of Six Buff Orpington Hatching Eggs: £16.99.
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