The Orpington Chicken is named after the town Orpington in Kent in the United Kingdom. This breed of bird was created in the late 1800's, so they have been around a very long time. This bird is considered a dual purpose bird because it lays eggs and is used for a meat chicken for the table. These are wonderful birds that are heavy and meaty if you plan to eat them or if you just want to enjoy them in the barnyard and gather their eggs, they make great chickens for the farm.
Chickens can have distinct personalities and some are more friendly than others. The Buff Orpington Chicken is a friendly chicken that is laid back and calm. Roosters can weigh as much as 10 pounds and the hens are quite large and can weigh in around 7-8 pounds. Their large size is what makes them wonderful meat birds. This breed of chicken can lay up to 200 or more medium to large sized brown eggs per year. They are resilient with the weather and can lay eggs all through the winter, where some breeds of chickens do not lay as well in the colder weather. Generally, the Buff Orpington will begin laying eggs around 24 weeks of age. Some may lay as soon at 20 weeks, but on average you can expect your first egg when they are 6 months old.