Today let's take a look at a couple of the Orpington breeds. First lets talk about the Lavender Orpington.
The Lavender Orpington is a fascinating bird, if you enjoy poultry breeding and genetics. I'm no expert when it comes to genetics but I'm slowly learning. When breeding a Lavender hen to a Lavender rooster the Lavender will breed true, which means you will always produce a Lavender colored chick. This is not so with other blue or gray colored birds. When breeding blue poultry the blue gene is not a dominate gene and will not always produce a blue chick.
Orpingtons are a large heavy breed, very gentle and friendly. The Lavender Orpingtons are good layers and our hens have produced eggs all winter even though we've had one of the coldest winters on record for our area.
One of the large hatcheries is now offering this beautiful bird and I really hate to see this happen for one simple reason. Any time a large hatchery starts to offer a rare breed, that breed will never be the same again. Large hatcheries go for mass production of birds and not breed quality. Buyer beware!!
This is a young Lavender pullet, she's almost old enough to start laying. Notice the blood red comb that announce eggs will soon be coming.
If your looking for a beautiful bird for your backyard look no farther than the Lavender Orpington.
The Black Orpington is a difficult bird to find, there aren't many farms who offer this color. I can't stress enough what an impressive, beautiful bird they are. They're slick as a ribbon and have that green iridescent beetle bug shine.
The Black Orpington is a very friendly, non aggressive, docile bird. The hens are also non broody and good layers of the peachy cream colored egg. They are large, heavy with nice round rumps. Have I mentioned that I like big butts on my hens. They are quite and not to chatty if you need a hen that won't make a lot of noise. I've found over the past couple of years that I really enjoy the Orpington breeds.
Have a Great Weekend!