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Orpington Breed Facts
Orpington Breed Facts
Conservation Status: Heritage Breed and we are no longer on the list!
Comb: Single Comb
Use: Eggs, Meat
Egg Color: Light Brown
Egg Size: Large – 190-200 per year
Average Weight: Rooster 10 lbs., Hen 8 lbs.
Temperament: Friendly, great personality, very docile but prone to go broody
Characteristics: Large and Bantam size full thick plumage, deep massive body, cold hardy
APA Class: English
Color Description: APA recognized Black White Blue Buff…but why stop there? The colors are growing by the year.
Breed Details: Now they came to be around 1850 in England oddly enough in the village or Orpington and originally they were black. They were introduced as a breed in 1886 by William Cook he crossed black Minorcas with Black Plymouth Rocks and bred the offspring to Langshan's had clean legs. Once the Black Orpington was created additional colors came White, Buff, Blue, Jubilee, Cuckoo, and others. Today there are 2 lines though; the English line and the American line. Well since we had a European Great Dane you know we prefer the look of the English line.
Why? Well, preference only all birds are beautiful but we just like big butts and we cannot lie (oh terribly sorry that went a bit sideways) English Orpingtons tend to look more robust; with fuller feathers, a larger body and resembling a larger cochin. The American Orpington is just as pretty but the plumage is not quite as thick.
Orpingtons joined the APA in 1902 with four official recognized colors: black, white, blue and buff.
However, we all know we don't stop there in Orpington land: Chocolate, Chocolate Cuckoo, Jubilee, Isabel, Lavender, Isabell Cuckoo, Black Mottled, Chocolate Mottled, Lavender Mottled, Lavender Cuckoo, Crele, and we want them ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you do not already have Orpingtons in your flock, you are truly missing out. They are a good dual-purpose bird and very winter hardy. Orpingtons are great layers (and setters so be ready) But they make the best moms too! We find them to be very lovable and easy going in our flocks.
Hatching Eggs: $75 per dozen
12-20 Weeks: $35
Adult Duo: $90
Adult Trio: $135
*Our flock was obtained from
P. Allen Smith at Moss Mountain Farm
Extremely Rare Numbers Unknown
Comb: Single Comb followed by a Tassel
Egg Color: White
Egg Size: Small– fair layer
Average Weight: Rooster 1.5 lbs. Hens 1.25 lbs.
Temperament: Active, Gentle, Bears confinement well
Characteristics: Very calm, joyful
Recognized by the American Bantam Association
Color Description: Mille Fleur and Porcelain
Breed Details: The Pyncheon is a rare American breed of true bantam chicken. It is an old breed, developed in the Northeastern United States. The Pyncheon's ancestors are thought to have been brought there from the Netherlands or from Belgium. It is recognized by the American Bantam Association, but not by the American Poultry Association (yet)!
The Pyncheon has a simple crest followed by a tassel (a comb that grows back), similar to that of the Sulmtaler breed. The breed is one of the rarest bantams, although they have been around for a long time.
The Pyncheon breed has a long history, but sadly they disappeared from ornamental bird shows for most of the 20th century. It was even thought that the breed was extinct. However, thanks to the efforts of dedicated breeders, the Pyncheon made a comeback, and each year this historic breed gains popularity in its homeland.
It is very possible that the first descendants of the breed came from Belgium, where the Mille Fleur color pattern originated, this theory gains strength thanks to the information provided by breeders from the Flemish region, where you can even find families with the name of Pyncheon. Many of these people suggest that the breed may have been created by a Belgian poultry breeder named Pyncheon who named it after his, in the same way Sir John Sebright named the chicken breed he created after him.
According to prominent American novelist and short story writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, he wrote about them in 1850 and noted their antiquity at the time. The breed is mentioned in his novel The House of the Seven Gables.
Unfortunately, there is very little information available about the Pyncheon, which makes locating historical details a challenge. The current numbers of this breed in the United States are unknown, but breeders are working to rekindle interest in this very special little breed.
Hatching Eggs: $85 per dozen
12-20 Weeks: $40
Adult Duo: $100
Adult Trio: $150