Black Orpington

Black Orpington  Hen

The Black Orpington is another old english breed of chicken.  The Orpington's founder, William Cook, from the village of Orpington in Kent, introduced the black variety in 1886. 

Selective crosses with Langshan and Cochin, developed a bird prized for its size, but at the cost of productivity.  They are now kept primarily for their looks, although they do lay 3 or 4 eggs each week, from spring through to late summer.

Docile and friendly, they make good garden chickens and look really impressive.  Small wings mean that they can't take to flight and will stay in your garden, even if you have low fences. 

If you're looking for a broody hen to sit on a clutch of eggs, the Orpington is a good choice and with all those feathers, the chicks have plenty of cover to keep them safe and warm.

If you like your chickens big and fluffy then Orpingtons are for you.