Buff Orpington - Rare Breed

Buff Orpington at the Agricultural Science Unit

Gallus gallus domesticus

Buff Orpingtons have a very placid, friendly, and docile nature, one that is tolerant of being handled. They are one of the best birds for the first-time keeper and for those with children – ­an ideal ‘pet’chicken.


It is a fairly hardy breed but needs protection in wet weather ­ – their heavy soft feathering can get waterlogged!


They don’t like very hot weather so will seek out shade. They are not agile or flighty, and so a 3-foot fence is often sufficient to contain them.

History of the Buff Orpington

This breed was named after the town in Kent where the originator, William Cook, had his farm. He bred the Buff in 1894.


Cook originally intended them to be a dual purpose breed, as they remained in Australia, but poultry breeding in the UK was dominated by the show scene, because that was where the biggest profits were made.


Their profuse plumage undermined their productivity for meat or eggs, but no one cared in a time when a show champion might be sold for a sum equivalent to a year’s wages for a working man.

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Fact Check

Common Name : Buff Orpington

Scientific Name : Gallus gallus domesticus

Type : Bird

Diet : Omnivore

Group Name : Flock

Average Life Span in Captivity : 8 years


Size: 30 – 35 cm

Weight : 3-5Kg

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An Orpington hen lays 200 to 280 large brown eggs per year.