5 Reasons To Love Orpington Chickens

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 30 June 2020


The cute, courteous and courtly orpington chicken might very well be one of the best mother’s in all of the animal kingdom. Created by British poultry breeders at the turn of the 20th century, the orpington chicken was designed to be a hardy breed that can endure England’s most bitter winters, whilst still laying at an unstoppable rate. These heavy-set, fluffy and cuddly ladies will be a figure of grace and dignity in any coop. Orpington chickens may seem homely and commonplace however these powerhouse egg laying wonders will make an eggstraordinary addition to any chicken lovers flock. Stick your beak into the top 5 reasons we have fallen absolutely head over heels in love with orpington chickens.

1. They Make Wonderful Mothers to Baby Chickens

Orpington chickens can be described as the ultimate mother hens. In many flocks the orpington becomes the unofficial matron of the flock’s fertilized eggs. These girls are maternal by nature and they love nothing more than crawling on top of a nest full of eggs to keep those tiny unborn babies warm. Sometimes owners can become frustrated by the orpington chickens natural motherly disposition however it’s easy to discourage overzealous broody behaviour, which you can read about here. Orpington chickens are a must have for any Chicken Lady interested in naturally hatching their own chicks this spring. Need an expert English nanny for your baby chicks? Look no further than a orpington chicken.

2. Gentle and Friendly Chickens Always Willing to Give you a Warm Motherly Hug

In many ways orpington chickens are a lot like Mary Poppins. Let me explain, when it comes to raising baby chicks they are disciplined, routined and stern, however, their true nature is kind, gentle and loving. These feathery darlings are fundamentally good natured and will love nothing more than curling up on your lap for a little bit of TLC. Orpington chickens are the perfect pet for young children, softly spoken adults or any animal lover who truly values the virtue of kindness. Gradually, an orpington chicken may become your confidant, role model and life coach.


3. Dedicated Providers Who Will Always Keep you in a Good Supply of Eggs

These British birds have survived some devastating periods of history - from severe economic recessions to the London blitz - but they kept producing approximately 300 eggs a year throughout these rough times. These ladies have known feast, they have known famine, so they understand the importance of being a reliable addition to anyone’s home. That’s why many egg lovers choose to keep orpington chickens, because they know they can rely on these girls to lay when the times are tough.

4. There fluffy feathers are simply fabulous.

These fluffy and feathery peace loving girls are irresistibly cuddly when there plumage is at its bountiful best! Some show quality orpingtons have soft feathers that stretch all the way down to their feet. At a glance orpington chickens can sometimes look like a fluffy soft toy or a bundled up feather boa at back of your wardrobe. These pretty creatures do come in a wide variety of colours, that include black, white, blue and - most popularly - beautiful buff. Orpington chickens seem to have it all! They are genuinely good natured, fabulous mothers, amazing layers and they still look absolutely stunning - it’s enough to drive any other chicken mad with envy! Perhaps this explains why some orpington chickens are vulnerable to being bullied by more insecure chickens, but that’s another story, which you can read about here...


5. Well connected with the British royal family.

It’s no mystery that these incredible chickens are a favourite among the British royal family. It was rumoured that the late Queen Mother absolutely adored orpington chickens, which is really no surprise! Is there anything these gentle, motherly, generous, beautiful and brilliant chickens can’t do? They have the royal stamp of approval - what more could you want!?

If you're still considering which breed is best for you, why not check out the online chicken courses by our friends at Chickenpedia. They have a specific course dedicated to Chicken Breeds where they compare each breed to suit your needs and lifestyle very well. 

If you want some more information about hatching chickens the natural way, which might involve a couple of maternal orpingtons, make sure you just follow the link here.

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