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Gallus gallus domesticus

United States and United Kingdom

The Orpington Rooster is a very popular type of chicken. It was bred by William Cook of Orpington, England in 1886. Cook combined 3 breeds of chicken to create this hybrid bird: Minorcas, Langshans and Plymouth Rock breeds. As a result of the cross breeding, buff orpington chickens have excellent meat and the ability to lay eggs during the winter months. The Orpington is too large to fly and tend to make good backyard pets because they are easily tamed. These birds are also used as show birds since they are known for their large, fluffy feathers.

Habitat: Farms with open land and shade
Diet: Feed, small seeds and herbs  
Status: Least concern
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Weight: 10 lbs
Lifespan: 8 years
Reproduction & Offspring: Known to lay about 200 eggs a year. (Unfertilized)


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