The Beautiful Sweet Buff Orpington

IMG_9683If we could only raise one breed of chicken in our flock, I would choose the Buff Orphington. I think of this breed as the golden retriever of the chicken world. Their fluffy, yellow, friendly, obedient, loyal, and great with kids and adults. They’ll sit in your lap, come when you call and play with you. This is a family-friendly chicken!


A newborn buff orphington is a cute little yellow fluff ball and it grows up to be a wise, sweet creature that you can take anywhere.


I take chickens into schools sometimes and this is the breed that I choose for those events. I can put one down on a tarp with twenty first graders sitting around the perimeter and she’ll just stand there politely waiting for the presentation to start. Then she will allow all twenty kids to pet her (one at a time of course) and repeat the process for three more classes during the day. I’ve even had one lay an egg in the classroom a few feet away from the children during a presentation. This is a laid back, happy chicken.

These girls are good layers, winter hardy, docile and sweet… if your trying to decide what type of chicken to start with or add to your existing flock you just can’t go wrong with a buff orphington!




  1. Ditto from your chicken tending neighbor to the north. 🙂


    1. 🙂 It’s not just me then!!


  2. Sally says:

    My dad actually made a living raising laying hens and trapping when my folks were first married…..about 76yrs ago in W. Bridgewater! It’s hard to believe to me.We always had chickens and turkeys growing up. I would love to have some but am afraid we would be preparing a meal for the coyote! Enjoy your lovely girls!


  3. I love my Buffs! They have such a great personality.


    1. I really do think their special!


  4. jewelant says:

    I LOVE Orpingtons! I used to have a few of them. I’m going to GET a few of them. See my post of my new babies at jewelant blog


    1. Congratulations on your new babies! I just went over and had a peek at them, very cute!!!


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