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Buff Orpington (Production)

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  • Buff Orpington Chicks from a 2016 Hatch.
  • Buff Orpington Chicks from a 2016 Hatch.
  • Buff Orpington Chicks from a 2016 Hatch.
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Buff Orpington Chickens originated in England in the 1800s, and was recognized by Americans as a pure chicken breed in 1901. These "Golden Chicken Beauties" are a large, stately chicken of a quiet disposition. Buff Orpington chickens are one of the best chickens for eggs and for chicken meat. They are white skinned, plump, and juicy for a great dressed out eating meat chicken. The Buff Orpington is one of the best chickens for dual egg and meat purposes . Many will put their 2 year old chickens in the stew pot and retain the 1 year old hens for laying eggs. Then buy more baby chicks for sale from us to keep the cycle going. This accomplishes the most efficient feed ratio and cost to raise chickens. Most chicken breed charts will list the Buff Orpington chicken as a dual purpose bird. Most chicken egg charts will list the Buff Orpington chicken with a medium brown egg. Even though the Buff Orpington chicken becomes a very heavy and large bird, this does not always mean the bigger the hen the larger the egg. There are a lot of smaller type hen breeds that lay a larger egg. Now as a plus the buff orpington makes for an excellent egg setters and mothers for baby chicks. Raising free range chickens is always best if you can keep away the predators and we hope you enjoy the Buff Orpington chicken as much as we do.

Chicken Facts:

Poultry Show Class: English Class
Weights: Hens 8 lbs, Roosters 10 lbs, Pullets 7 lbs, Cockerel 8 1/2 lbs
Purpose: Dual Purpose (Eggs & Meat)
Egg Shell Color: Brown Egg
Production: Very Good: 200 - 280 eggs per year
Country of Origin: England
APA:     Yes, Recognized by the American Standard of Perfection
ALBC: Recovering Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed
BREEDER: Our good friend and partner David S. Of South Carolina breeds our Buff Orpington's and supplies our hatchery with eggs to hatch.

Our Breeding Strategy for our Buff Orpingtons (Production)
Our Buff Orpingtons are bred at our friends house. We monitor and advise the breeding of these fowl, and every 2 years we replace our brood cock with a unrelated replacement, while keeping hens from our own breedings as replacements. We breed for egg production first, and then for type, and color. They are not guaranteed to be show winners but they will be egg laying machines. Our breeders are culled beginning at the day of hatch. We start by keeping chicks that are of the darkest color. To be qualified for a future breeder our male chicks must be broad and grow quickly. Our pullet chicks must be fast feathering. After the chicks grow up we keep looking for undesirable traits and culling hard. We breed them the same way every year and use the Spiral Breeding Method to ensure we get the best quality and best production from our birds. Our hens are single mated or monitored by trap nests, all data is logged into our poultry breeding management software and we keep strict records using ZooEasy Standalone so that we can keep the strongest and healthiest hens that produce the most eggs as possible. We do not try to breed the broodiness out of our hens as this trait is something we encourage because mother nature can always do things better than an incubator.

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