BREED OF THE MONTH

Country Living (UK) - - The Good Life -

Or­p­ing­ton

If you are new to hen-keep­ing, Or­p­ing­tons are a good choice. Th­ese large birds are placid and don’t mind be­ing han­dled – per­fect if you have chil­dren who want to get in­volved. And, as they have a lovely thick layer of feath­ers, you’ll want to pick them up. Or­p­ing­tons are named af­ter the town in Kent where they were bred by Wil­liam Cook in 1886. He started with Black Or­p­ing­tons, fol­lowed by the White, Buff, Ju­bilee, Span­gled, Cuckoo (above right) and Blue (above left).

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