are wonderful general purpose chickens. They provide both meat and
eggs. The butchered birds weigh out on average at 3-4 pounds. Their eggs
are medium sized and brown. They are active and alert birds, good egg layers
and great foragers.
Brief History of Buff Orpington Chickens
William Cook of Orpington County Kent in England
is credited with the development of the 'Orpington' variety of chicken.
In 1886 he inroduced a fast growing, dual purpose (good for both eggs
and meat) chicken that was black in color, had white flesh, and slate
(grey) legs. He developed the breed by crossing Langshan, Minorca and
Plymouth Rock chickens. Continued development eventually resulted in a
Buff color varierty, introduced in 1894. Over time, a number of other
color variations have been produced, such as the Spangled, Cuckoo and
Blue, but none of these has achieved the popularity of the Buff Orpington.