They say Buff Orpingtons are the color of a gold pocket watch. I have two, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly.
Belonging to the English class of chickens, it was bred to be an excellent layer with good meat quality. Their large size and soft appearance together with their rich color and gentle contours make them very attractive, and as such its popularity has grown as a show bird rather than a utility breed. They go broody very often, and make great mothers. Although rather heavy, they are able to fly small distances but rarely do, so they work well as backyard birds. Due to their build they do well in very cold climates.
Marilyn the fat orp, top photo, is the monarch, the flock leader, and all hens bow before her, but Lucy the Rhode Island Red is the adventure leader. She is the first to explore and exploit new territory, such as up the steps to the back deck to scrounge fallen bird seed.
They are a popular choice for backyard flocks because of their egg laying abilities and hardiness. … It was from the Malay that the Rhode Island Red got its deep color, strong constitution, and relatively hard feathers.
Lucy had a red sister named Ginger who was half-eaten by a hawk in the backyard, then buried with the other Barred Rock, Dorothy, killed by a car, in Chicken Graveyard Woods.
Barred Rock Mary Ann has healthy new feathers after her dramatic molt in early December. Hers are the softest feathers. She’s a whiny pinhead, but she lays a lot of nice light pinkish brown eggs. Her sister was smart and nice, but loved to cross the road and one day did not get to the other side.
The Plymouth Rock was developed in New England in the middle of the 19th century and was first exhibited as a breed in 1849. Several individuals claimed its invention, using crosses of Dominiques, Black Javas, Cochins, and perhaps Malays and Dorkings. … The breed became popular very rapidly, and in fact, until World War II, no breed was ever kept and bred as extensively in the United States as the Barred Plymouth Rock. Its popularity came from its qualities as an outstanding farm chicken: hardiness, docility, broodiness, and excellent production of both eggs and meat.
Ella the Easter Egger, in the background, lays pale blue eggs, makes the most noise with her constant querulous trilling, and can often be seen standing stock still in the backyard, looking up at the birds. She had a sibling, Cleopatra, who turned out to be a rooster, renamed Caesar, and I gave him away.
An Easter Egger is any chicken that possesses the “blue egg” gene, but doesn’t fully meet any breed description as defined in the American Poultry Association’s (APA) standards… The name derives from the resemblance of their colorful eggs to Easter eggs. The Araucana, Ameraucana, and Easter Egger are descended from the same founder stock that spread around the world from Chile and the Falklands… The color of Easter Eggers is particularly variable, and they appear in a great number of patterns.
All of these breeds will be available at our local Agway soon, which is where I bought these hens as chicks two years ago.