Our Chickens

After three years of searching for the “perfect” breed of chickens to raise, in 2018, we settled on the English Orpington. In 2019 we began hatching out pure white English Orpingtons. Orpingtons were developed in England during the 1880s, and imported to America in the 1890’s. English Orpingtons are dual purpose fowls. They are raised for eggs and for meat. The hens lay approximately 200 eggs per year, and roosters weigh up to 10lbs.

Orpingtons are heavily but loosely feathered, appearing massive. Their feathering allows them to endure cold temperatures better than some other breeds. They can thrive in both free range and confined situations. Hens lay brown eggs, and when they go “broody” make for good mothers. In general, English Orpingtons are docile breeds.

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Fun Facts about English Orpington’s

  • The Orpington is a friendly breed that also makes a good outdoor pet for families, schools, or clubs.

  • Mature Orpingtons are large, heavy birds, weighing in at 7 to 8 pounds. Bantams range from 3 to 3 1/2 pounds.

  • They are non-aggressive and enjoy handling, making them a good bird for families.

  • They are great with kids, making them a good choice for 4H projects or schools.

  • Hens brood easily and make good mothers. A small flock of Orpingtons can easily be maintained over a long period. Roosters of the species are unusually gentle.

  • Orpingtons are also very cold-hardy and lay well through frigid winters and dark, short days.  Their thick feathering that helps keep them warm and toasty through the winter months.

  • They have a 5 year lifespan and with some protection from predators and care you should expect 7-8 years.

  • The beak, feet, and legs are pinkish white in color, and the eyes are reddish brown. The wattle, comb, and earlobes are red. The comb generally has five points.