Buff Orpington Hens
Orpingtons have a very placid, friendly and docile
nature, one that is tolerant of being handled. This placid nature does mean that
it can be bullied by other birds so if mixing with other breeds make sure they
have plenty of free range space. They are one of the best birds for the first
time keeper and for those with children-an ideal ‘pet’ chicken. It is a fairly
hardy breed but will need protection in wet weather - the heavy soft feathering
can get waterlogged. They don’t like very hot weather so shade should be
provided. They are not agile or flighty, a 3 foot fence is often sufficient to
contain them. They make good mothers. Perches should be lower and nest boxes
larger than normal. They prefer to roam free.
Orpington bantams are probably more productive in terms
of number and size of eggs produced against food and housing requirements, than
large Orpingtons, which often lay rather small eggs for their size.