Here at Chicken Creek we have large fowl English Orpingtons from imported lines from Great Britan and other various countries in Europe. We have unrelated imported lines from Marc Sacre, and also Greenfire Farms. The large fowl English Orps are a little larger and looser feathered than their American cousins. We have a variety of colors.
Orpingtons are one of our favorite breeds that we have here. They are large fluffy birds that are cold hearty, and have very friendly personalities. They do well both in confined spaces and as a free range bird. We love their docile temperaments and docile personalities. They are one of the friendliest breeds with our children.
The Orpington is a breed of chicken named after the town of Orpington, Kent, in south-east England, which was made famous in part by this breed. It was bred to be an excellent layer with good meat quality. Its large size and soft appearance together with its rich color and gentle contours make it very attractive, and as such its popularity has grown as a show bird rather than a utility breed. Hens often become broody and are good mothers. Although rather heavy, they are able to fly small distances but rarely do so.
The Poultry Club of Great Britain and asks for a weight from 10lb to 14lbs for roosters and 7 ½ lb to 10 ½ lbs for hens in the British Standard. They also ask for a heavy, broad body with a low stance, with fluffed-out feathers which make it look large; the down from the body covers most of the legs. Other characteristics of their Orpingtons are a curvy shape with a short back and U-shaped underline, and a small head with a medium single comb.
Orpingtons lay about 175 to 200 medium to large light-brown eggs a year.
It was said that at one time Orpingtons were capable of laying as many as 340 eggs per year. This decline in production was due to breeders selecting for looks over utility