The Orpington is a sweet tempered bird and because of it’s size does not need very high fences to stop it straying. They weigh 7 – 10 lbs and their eggs are cream/light brown.
The Buff Orpington was first bred in 1897 from Gold Spangled Hamburgh, Buff Cochin and Dark Dorking chickens.
These fluffy docile birds were taken to Australia by the early settlers. They have a strong tendency to go broody ad make excellent mothers.
They are becoming more popular to eat due to their recognition by the chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.