Well, Monday is here and we at the typesofchicken.com team are going to keep the promise we made to our readers. It is time for another article about pros and cons of keeping some chicken breed. Last week we gave you the pros and cons about keeping Silkie chickens, and the week before that we gave you the pros and cons about keeping the Rhode Island Red Chickens. After a brief discussion with the team we decided that this week`s pros and cons will be about the Buff Orpington chickens. So without any further ado, the pros and cons about keeping Buff Orpington chickens brought to you by the typesofchicken.com team.
Pros Of Keeping Buff Orpington Chicken:
1. They Are A Perfect Dual – Purpose Breed
There are many dual purpose breeds out there but the Buff Orpington breed or the Orpington breed in general is famous for their dual purpose. What makes them very special is that because they are big and the arrangement of their feathers they can be good egg layers during the winter.
Some people say that the Buff Orpington are friendlier than the Silkies but we at the typesofchicken.com team think that comparing the friendliness of some breeds is a complete waste of time.
The Buff Orpingtons are a very friendly breed and this makes them perfect for any flock. They can be literally kept for any reason in your backyard, if you want to keep them as pets – you can, if you want to keep them for eggs – you can, if you want to keep them for their meat – you can. It is recommended that you get one of these if you have children that enjoy playing with the flock.
3. A Heritage Breed
Most of the Buff Orpington chickens that you can get anywhere are heritage – it is rare that chicken breeders that sell this breed are mixing them. This is a big pro for this particular breed because that means that it is guaranteed that you will get the maximum of this breed. If you make sure that the Buff Orpington that you are getting is 100% heritage you will get everything you want from your chicken.
Cons Of Keeping Buff Orpington Chicken:
1. They are too big for some flocks
Many chicken breeders prefer the smaller breeds of chickens like Silkies for many reasons such as lack of room in the coop or the run or that their flock is already full for breeds such as the Buff Orpington. Some chicken keepers also think that if they introduce a big breed such as the Buff Orpington to their flock that they might disturb the already-formed pecking order.
2. Maybe they are too good to be true?
Their friendliness and the fact that they are a heritage chicken breed may cause some confusion with some novice breeders. If they are represented to be one of the most perfect breed of chickens on the market it doesn’t mean that they don’t require the regular amount of attention.
The Buff Orpington is one of the best dual – purpose breed, but only if you prepare them properly for it. They require the same amount of feeding as any other bird. Don’t let the fact that they enjoy sitting on your lap give you the idea that they don’t like playing with some toys.
Other than this and the fact that they sometimes tend to lose more feathers than other breeds (not yet confirmed) we at the typesofchicken.com team agree that there are not any significant cons about this breed of chickens.