This is a beloved breed.
No one gets Orpingtons for their egg laying prowess. They provide a few eggs a week, unless they’re broody, or too hot, or too cold. Then they don’t lay any. But, their looks and personality make them one of the most popular backyard breeds. I like to say that the Orpington is the Golden Retriever of the chicken world. Pretty. Friendly. Easy going. But, I guess that back in the day, they were known as a meat bird.
I’ve lucked out because my Buff Orpington, Amber, is the rare one that doesn’t go broody and who lays steadily during the season. She’s a tolerant hen that I take on school visits. Tell me about your Orpington!