With its origin in England, Buff Orpingtons are Golden Chicken Beauties. Mr. William Cook created this breed by first crossing Minorca roosters with Black Plymouth Rock Hens. The offspring that was born was crossed with clean-legged Langshan chicken. They are a dual-purpose breed, good for egg laying and for roasting. They can lay 150 – 200 eggs per year. The hens weigh about 8 to 10 lbs and the cocks weigh about 10 to 12 lbs. Though they are heavy, the eggs they lay are of medium size. There is also the bantam form of this breed.
It is a well-known fact that chickens must be fed properly to perform well and to stay healthy. They need to receive the correct nutrients, vitamins and minerals in their diet to stay healthy and productive. The 3/8-inch regulator disc from PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Chicken Feeder can be used when crumble or milo constitutes the feed. For corn, the apt size of the regulator disc would be ¾-inch or 1 inch.
Buff Orpingtons are rather meek and hence prey to attacks from other birds. Both the hens and the roosters in this breed are friendly. The hens go broody quite often and are good mothers. Their feathers help them withstand the cold weather very well but due to the same reason, they cannot tolerate the heat.
An interesting fact about Buff Orpington is that it was entered into the first egg-laying contest, held at the North Yorkshire farm of Simon Hunter of Northallerton, England, in 1887. Another trivia about this breed is that Mr. Cook first introduced the Black, and then the White Orpington, the Buff, the Jubilee [Speckled], and the Spangled [Mottled] and later, his son-in-law, A.C. Gilbert created the Blue and the Cuckoo Orpingtons.