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Lavender Orpingtons are a new variety of Orrington’s and are more like a designer bird. They were created by renowned UK breeder, Priscilla Middleton in the mid 1990’s. It took many years of cross breeding and strict selective breeding to get them to where they are today to retain the Orpington size and shape. Lavender Orpingtons are now a widely popular breed in the UK, Europe and USA.
Lavender Orpingtons are large and fluffy like other Orpingtons varieties. Feathers are very smooth, wide and a slate blue in color. Their bodies are broad and stand low to the ground. Lavender Orpingtons have a single comb and bay colored eyes. Feet and legs are a slate color. A recessed gene for feathered legs can pop up from time to time but this is unaccepted and a disqualification if showing. Good breeding can help eliminate this.
Lavender Orpingtons are docile and sweet. They are less than assertive and tend to end up on the bottom of the pecking order. They are a quiet and cuddly breed of chicken. They are even smarter than other poultry breeds. They can do well foraging, however they tend to be little lazy. It is common to find them hanging by the feeders to pass time. They are cold hearty but don’t do well if they get wet. They can chill rather quickly and die. Due to their extensive feather fluff, they don’t handle the heat well and can over heat fast. Their lavender plumes are prone to sun bleaching causing yellowing and creamed colored feathers as adults. Shaded coops are a must for this eye candy variety. They will go broody and make so of the best mother hens.
Even though they are not accepted by the American Poultry Association, they can still be used as an exhibition bird and their super chill personalities make for amazing 4H birds.
Hens will lay around 200 brown eggs a year.
Cocks grow to 8.5 pounds.
Hens will be around 6 pounds.