A general purpose fowl for eggs and meat. Hens are good setters and mothers. Orpingtons originated in the 1880’s in England. Skin color is white. They all have single combs with five points and lay a light brown egg.
Black Orpington - Large, true Orpington type, solid black in color. Common at one time, now very difficult to find. We have maintained this breed since 1996. Chicks $6.00 each (15)
Blue Orpington - Nice, rich, slate blue colored birds. Gentle and calm. (See Glossary on Poultry Page for “Blue Genetics” explanation).We have maintained this breed since 1986. This breed started it all. As a young child I dreamed of the day I could obtain some. When I was 10 I saw them listed for the first time on long time poultry expert Thane Earle's list (he maintained over 200 breeds) but that was 1971 and he got $2.00 a chick and I made a $1.00 per day per lawn that I took care of. I knew that once I got done with college and got settled I was going to get some. I got to meet Thane in 1984 (my first summer in Iowa) at the Seed Savers Exchange summer gathering. I was so excited that I was now only 4 hours away from his chicken empire and hoped he would let me visit. I was saddened to learn he had cut back to nearly a handful of breeds, this not one of them. I started searching and found 1 remaining breeder and knowing I could not have poultry for a few years my good friend Tom Knoche got the hatching eggs and kept them for me until 1986 when I brought them home from Ohio to my friends the Schroeders who lived down the road from where I was renting. They finally got to the farm here when I fixed a place for them in January 1989 a month after I moved in. Chicks $6.00 each (10) SOLD OUT THROUGH MAY 5, 2020
Buff Orpington - Large, golden buff color, white skin, white legs. We keep birds that are selected from a cross of a large exhibition strain and a high production strain. We have maintained this breed since 1990 Chicks $4.00 each (5)
Chocolate Orpington- large blocky gentle birds with a deep chocolate color. They are gorgeous and good layers of medium sized eggs. We have maintained this breed since 2017. Chicks $7.00 each (10)
Cuckoo Orpington- Large blocky birds that are cuckoo in color pattern. Variations in the depth and color of the cuckoo will occur. Chicks $6.00 each (10)
White Orpington - White skin, feathers and legs. Occasionally grey legged birds show up. We have maintained this breed since 1991 Chicks $4.00 each (20)