Named after the town of Orpington, Kent, in south-east England, the Orpington chicken was created by William Cook in 1886. It was developed by crossing Minorcas, Langshans, and Plymouth Rocks to create a hybrid breed. The breed has become well liked on account of its loose-feathered fluffy appearance. Not only is the Orpington a striking exhibition breed, but often popular for their docile nature. They are exceptionally hardy during the winter months and continually lay eggs in cold weather. This plump, white skinned bird is a good source of tender juicy meat.
Orpingtons are known to become broody, will mature slowly, and begin to lay medium to large brown eggs at around 24 weeks. They handle confinement well or can be free-ranged.