Buff Orpington

All Orpingtons are said to be docile and friendly, but this is especially true of the buff.

They love to be cuddled and will often seek you out to let you know they need attention.

Their fabulous feathering makes them very cold hardy, although if their feathers get sodden they can chill and die quickly. They tolerate warmer climates but need to have access to shade during the heat of the day.

They are a top choice for many families because the buff is superb with children, tolerating all sorts of things that kids do.

They tolerate confinement very well and although they will free range they rarely forage relying mainly on the feeders.

They are reliable layers of large brown eggs around 200–280 per year. If you are raising them as a meat bird, they are table ready at around 22 weeks. They are often considered the perfect dual purpose chicken.

If you are looking for a big fluffy chicken that lays well, has a sweet disposition and tolerates small children, this may be your choice!

If you are a town/city dweller, the buff is a very quiet bird, ideally suited for confinement in a smallish yard. They are a great bird for beginners as they are so easy to handle and are fairly low maintenance.