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Bantam Orpington Chicken

Country of Origin: England

Bird Size: 3.5 to 4.5lbs

Egg Production:  Good -175 to 200 Eggs a Year

Primary Use: Dual Purpose, Pet or Show

Egg Size: Small to Medium

Egg Color: Light Brown

Hardiness: Good in all Temperatures

Temperament: Docile

Environment: Any Range

SKU: bantam-orpington-chicken Category: Product ID: 16733
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Bantam Orpington Chicken

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Bantam Orpington Chicken

Welcome to the world of Orpington Chickens! we have a few large fowl Buff Orpintons as pets and they have such great personalities that we wanted to find some to offer here at the farm. Orpingtons are gentle birds that love attention and are so fun. They are non-aggressive and enjoy handling, making them a good bird for families. The Orpinton Chickens we have are bantam size. Why bantams? They are ideal for pets, not too large so less feed intake, relatively quiet and can do well in suburban environments. The Bantam Orpington Chickens are very rare indeed and needs more stewards. We have the white variety at this time.

Bantam Orpington Chickens are roughly 3 to 4.5lbs each with a large frame for their size and pinkish/white skin. Their eggs are a good size from small to medium and they are good layers, they even lay in the winter months. Production can range from 150 to 180 depending on the quality of their feed and environment.  They can go broody and make good mothers. they can bare confinement and would be ok in a secured run. they tend not to fly or are flighty.

They were originally designed as a dual-purpose chicken which makes them a good candidate for harvesting. Because of their skin color and white feathering they dress out well and make an excellent table bird.

The Bantam Orpington Chicken are a recognized breed with the American Poultry Association (APA). The APA recognizes black, buff, blue and white in large fowl and bantam varieties. Our stock (white feather coloring) is one of the very few in the US that are being worked on today. The Bantam Orpington Chicken needs stewards to continue their legacy and would make a great chicken for a 4-H project or an excellent show bird. You will need to work on them if you are selecting them for showing. They are a work in progress towards the APA standard. See the APA Standard of Perfection for all the qualities needed for competitive showing.

Hardy and happy, friendly and gorgeous, you’ll love watching them sweeten up your yard! And if you want to exhibit, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself with some beautiful, show-quality birds!

History

The Orpington Chicken was originally bred and introduced in 1886 by William Cook and named after his hometown of Orpington in Kent, UK. The breed was created by mixing the Minorca, Langshan, and Plymouth Rock breeds. It was originally known as the Black Orpington and this was the only color available as William Cook wanted a breed that would exhibit well in the dirty environment of London.

The Bantam variety of the Orpington Chicken was developed in the 20th Century by Herman Kuhn, a German breeder. The Bantam Orpington Chicken has all the characteristics and physical attributes of the larger variety but in miniature form.

The Bantam variety also comes in a wider variety of colors including Red, Barred, and Birchen.

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