I wanted to start this website with a picture of one of the countless magnificent landscapes that Great-Britain seems to have a patent on.
And as everybody knows, Great-Britain is the cradle of one of the most extraordinary chicken breeds in the world : the Orpington.
Bred by William Cook in 1886 by crossing Minorcas,Langshans and Plymouth Rocks, the black Orpington was the first one from a long list of colors yet to be created . The White was bred in 1889, the Buff in 1894 and the Blue in 1905.
Over the years other colors were created : jubilee, mottled, gold laced black, silver laced, red, cuckoo, red-cuckoo, buff cuckoo and so on and so on. As you can see, the possibilities are endless .
Initially they were bred as a dual purpose breed, they were good layers and their meat is excellent. These days the Orpingtons are more popular as a showbird rather than a utility bird.
Here at Heirloom Orpingtons in Purcell, the Heart of Oklahoma, we were able to import our first birds from one of the reknown breeders in Great-Britain : Ramsley Orpingtons.
So far we have imported the chocolate bantam, the LF lavender and the LF black.
The chocolate bantams are direct bloodlines from Rob Boyd, the lavenders are Priscilla Middleton and Chirpy Chicks bloodlines, the blacks from David Pownall bloodlines.
Late spring or early summer of this year, young stock will be imported from the following colors :
Gold laced black
The bloodlines of these young birds originate from top breeders from the European continent, crossed with bloodlines from top breeders from Great-Britain, I would say : the best of both worlds. I was lucky to have been assisted by a top judge of the show circuit who directed me towards these breeders.
It's a known fact that top breeders from Great-Britain often travel to the continent to obtain some new blood for their breeding pens . The continental Orpingtons are as good if not better than the ones from Great-Britain. For some colors, the English Orpingtons are lacking a little bit of size, hence the benefit of crossing them with the continental Orpingtons. On the next page you can take a look at pictures of the parent birds of my future imports and enjoy.
We have created a for sale page where future listings will be posted .
For 2011 we will have the chocolate bantams and the lavender available at democratic prices. Please check our for sale page on a regular base for availability of birds.