William Cook was a humble coachman living in the Kentish town of Orpington, in England, and he had an idea. He began crossing Minorca roosters with Black Plymouth Rock hens, and then the offspring to clean-legged Langshan chickens. His goal was to develop a hardy, fast growing chicken that laid well and yet had the table qualities the British market sought. In 1886 he introduced his creation to the public – it was a success and within 10 years Orpington chickens were well established in England and began to be exported to other countries.
This particular line of Orpington is being bred towards the APA standard. We do have some work to do because we have a lot of UK blood in our lines.
This breed is offered straight run. We are not confident enough in our sexing of this breed to be 80% or higher in accuracy. If you raise out a rooster, and do not want him, please just let us know. We offer a rooster surrender program where you can return roosters, age 12-25 weeks, back to the farm. There is no refund, we offer this as a courtesy.