This breed started out with black, white, buff, blue and splash. Their story began in 1886 when William Cook created them by crossing Minocras, Langshan,s and Plymouth Rocks. He was searching for a bird that could hide the dirt and soot of London. At this point, most of our orpingtons are English in heritage.  They are quite large birds with hens weighing 7-10 lbs and laying up to 200 large light brown eggs per year. Roosters usually weigh 10-14 lbs.

The well-rounded

Color of egg: Light brown

Orpingtons

Fun Facts

about the breed

  1. 1.The first Black Orpington came to America in 1890, and was exhibited at the Boston Show the same year.
  2. 2. It was in 1895, however, that the Black Orpingtons were made into a large exhibit at the Madison Square Garden in New York, and its popularity soared.
  3. 3. It was in 1895, however, that the Black Orpingtons were made into a large exhibit at the Madison Square Garden in New York, and its popularity soared.