History: An English breed, from the town in Kent, where they were introduced by William Cook. The black was the first variety in 1886, followed by the white in 1889 and buff in 1894.
Characteristics: These lovely birds are bold, upright and graceful. They have a deep and broad body, their backs are curved with a short concave outline and the breast is broad, deep and well rounded. The wings are small and the tail is short, compact, flowing and high. The head is small and neat with a single comb (single or rose in the black variety) and the face is smooth and fine. The legs are short and strong with the thighs covered in feathers.
Colours: Blue, black, buff, white.
At The Garden Hen we keep the buff variety which is of a clear, even buff colour throughout to the skin.
Why do we keep Orpingtons at The Garden Hen? They are one of our favourites, docile and attractive.
Eggs: Brown, 160 per annum
Classification: Heavy/soft feather
Weight: Male Not less than 3.60 kg (8 lb), Female Not less than 2.70 kg (6 lb)