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Orpington - Duck
UsesEggs, meat, exhibition, agroforestry
Weight, drake3.4 kg
Weight, duck3.2 kg
ParentageIndian Runner, Rouen, Aylesbury
The Buff and blue Orpington like the chicken variety, were created by Mr William Cook just prior to the end of the 19th century. The buff was first standardised in 1910 and the blue was later standardised in 1926. Black, white and chocolate colours followed shortly afterwards but were never standardised and probably no longer exist. The breed was designed for dual purposes but also for its value as an attractive bird. Buff is now the most common colour and blues although very rare still exist (2008). Buffs and whites should be one colour throughout. The blue, blacks and chocolates have or had a white bib on the upper part of the breast. Neither of the colours reliably breed true and variations of shade do occur.
Buff Orpington’s produce three colour variations in their offspring due to the genetic effects of blue dilution. The colour variations include:
Buff: Males have a seal brown (dark grey-brown) head colour with some blue dilution on the rump near the tail.
Females are an even buff throughout without any pencilling.
Blonde: Males are pale buff with a light grey-brown head and some blue dilution to the rump. Females are a pale buff throughout
Brown: Females have light brown pencilled plumage. Males have brown heads and rumps.
Eyes are brown and the bill is yellow-ochre with a dark bean at the tip. The upper mandible of the bill lines up with the top of the skull. Legs and feet are orange-red. Birds should be selected to avoid blue in the rump.
Birds should be an even buff colour throughout including wing feathers. The seal brown head colour of drakes should terminate as a sharply defined line all the way around the neck. Birds should be free from white, brown or pencilled feathers. Pale or grey primary or secondary wing feathers are a common problem and should be discouraged when selecting. There should be no sign of beetle green on either sex.