BEAU­TI­FUL BREEDS

Your Chickens - - Charlotte's Chickens -

How many breeds of chick­ens can you name? There are hun­dreds. Which do you like best? Tell Hat­tie about your favourite breed and it might be fea­tured here!

THE OR­P­ING­TON

If you want a re­ally friendly chicken that will sit on your lap and let you stroke her masses of fluffy feath­ers, then an Or­p­ing­ton would be ideal! They are large birds, but there is a ban­tam va­ri­ety too. The most pop­u­lar colour is buff, like the hens in the pic­ture, al­though there are lots of other colours avail­able. When the Or­p­ing­ton was cre­ated in 1880, it was a very good egg-layer, even in win­ter. This has changed over the years, but Or­p­ing­tons can still lay plenty of eggs if you look af­ter them well. Make sure they have shel­ter from the rain and can dry their feath­ers in a com­fort­able hen­house at night. Be care­ful if you have other chick­ens, as Or­p­ing­tons are so gen­tle they are eas­ily bul­lied. If you de­cide to keep Or­p­ing­tons you will be in good com­pany – Queen El­iz­a­beth, the mother of our present queen, kept a flock of th­ese lovely birds and was Pa­tron of the Buff Or­p­ing­ton So­ci­ety.

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