BREED OF THE MONTH
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).