The Buff Orpington is a heavy weight (7 to 10 pounds) breed that originated from the Black Orpington originally bred in 1886 by Englishman, William Cook. He took Minorcas, Langshans, and Plymouth Rocks, and created a new breed. Eight years later, the ‘golden bird’ was created.
They are good laying hens and meaty enough so that they are a dual-purpose bird. Their feathers are ‘fluffy’, giving them a very attractive look. They are considered to be a very docile breed, so much so that they are best left to flocks of their own kind.
The Buff Orpington is prone to broodiness. One of our hens went broody just after 4 eggs left overnight in a nesting box.
Seeing as we lost our sweet rooster ,“SNOOZE”, none of the eggs were fertile. Therefore, we went to Craigslist and got some fertile Rhode Island Red eggs.