The original black Orpington was bred by William Cook in 1886 and named for his place of birth, Orpington, Kent, England. Cook bred the Buff, White and Blue Orpingtons in the latter years of the 19th century, which as a breed would become famous for their pleasant and regal demeanor, excellent meat and their ability to lay great quantities of eggs.
Buff Orpingtons are well known for their striking, golden plumage. The fowl have white legs, a short back and a small, single comb.
Orpingtons will lay throughout the year, routinely laying between 110 and 160 eggs a year. The eggs come in various hues of brown, ranging in size from small to large.
Orpingtons are excellent fowl for eating and easy to dress for the table. They are plump and white skinned, with juicy and tender meat.