PROS & CONS of Keeping Buff Orpington Chicken!

Well, Monday is here, and we at the team will keep the promise we made to our readers. Our chicken breed target for today’s article is Buff Orpington Chicken.

Last week we gave you the pros and cons of keeping Silkie chickens.

The week before, we gave you the pros and cons of keeping the Rhode Island Red Chickens.

So without any further ado, the pros and cons of keeping Buff Orpington Chicken are brought to you by the team.

Pros Of Raising Buff Orpington Chicken:

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1. They Are A Perfect Dual-Purpose Breed

There are many dual-purpose breeds out there, but the Buff Orpington hens or the Buff Orpington rooster are famous for their dual purpose.

What makes them very special is that they can be good brown egg layers during the winter because they are big and the arrangement of their feathers.

2. Friendliness

Some people say that the Buff Orpington Rooster is friendlier than the Silkies Rooster.
Comparing these two breeds’ friendliness is a complete waste of time.

The Buff Orpingtons are an amiable breed, making them perfect for any flock.

They can be 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.

Buff Orpington Hen lays brown eggs, ranging from 200-to 280 per year. Also, their meat is full of protein, so raising them for meat is not a bad idea.

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.

Chicken breeders that sell this breed are rarely mixing them.

This is a big pro for this breed because it is guaranteed that you will get the maximum of this breed.

If you make sure that the Buff Orpington hens you are getting are 100% heritage, you will get everything you want from your chicken.

Cons Of Raising Buff Orpington Chicken:

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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 Rooster to their flock is bad.


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 among some novice breeders.

If they are represented to be one of the perfect breeds of chickens on the market, it doesn’t mean that they don’t require a regular amount of attention.

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The Buff Orpington Chicken is one of the best dual-purpose breeds, 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 team agree that there are no significant cons about this breed of chickens.

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9 thoughts on “PROS & CONS of Keeping Buff Orpington Chicken!”

  1. I have had Buff’s for years now, my two girls are getting up there in age so I got 4 chicks to keep Buff’s in my flock. Great egg layers, good temperament. As for loosing more feathers, I haven’t seen that at all! Actually the Buff’s don’t appear to get as bald during molt as the others.

  2. I’ve had 3 or 4 Buffs for years a part of a mixed group of layers and would raise meat kings for meat. 3 years ago I decided to raise my own birds for meat and decided to go with the Buff Orpingtons as a dual purpose bird,it was a good decision.
    I have a 8 buff hens,buff rooster and 3 Americans so I can get some green eggs to give away. Buff Orpingtons are a GREAT dual purpose bird

  3. We moved to the country late 2015 and got our first livestock animals the following spring: Three 2week old buff orp chicks from North 40. We lost one that summer to a coyote. Another one died early spring from sour crop. I just euthanized the last buff orp hen yesterday. She died of egg yolk peritonitis. That was very difficult to deal with. When she became a lone hen, she and I bonded. Through my hours of research, I found other people also lost buff orps to EYP. Someone asked if this was possibly an issue specific to this breed because she lost 4 of her 12 buff orps the first year to EYP. It could be a problem common to the breed or it could be that she came from a feedstore who bought her from a breeder who didn’t put any consideration into good genetics. I emphatically agree this breed makes a wonderful pet, if that is your desire. All my buffs were sweet, gentle, friendly with big personalities, especially my last girl. If you’re raising them for meat, might be hard to select a breed that follows you around like a puppy. I sure couldn’t do it. I bought five buff orp chicks in early May, intending them to eventually be my pet hen’s new flock as well as seven white Chantecelor chicks. All five of the new buffs are just like my original three. They are so friendly and sweet, always chatting to me. The other breed, Chantecelors, are flighty and want nothing to do with me (even though they too are advertised as friendly and docile). Their purpose is to be meat chickens so that makes it easier that they are A holes. I do recommend the buff orp, but know they have a way of working themselves into your hearts. The hen I lost yesterday, was given a proper burial as I would do for a pet, and I am mourning her deeply. If you go with this breed, get at least a half dozen because if you end up in a situation like I did with one lone hen, you will end up loving her and setting yourself up for heartache down the road.

    1. I know this is a long shot for a reply but I’m desperate ! I’m watching my moms two chickens over the weekend and it seems as if they got attacked by a fox! She had a buff and a Plymouth Rock and they were the best of buddies . Only the buff survived and she is hurt pretty bad on her back . I’ve been treating her wound but I’m also worried she won’t heal because of loneliness ! She’s been eating , drinking , and pooping and even layed an egg. The buff wanted nothing to do with us before the attack but she’s been very good with letting me take care of her . Should I hurry up and get another chicken before my mom gets back from vacation ? Also she is pretty bossy . Not sure if you know what other breeds work best . Excuse my grammer . I’m on my 4th night shift .

    2. To Little sister, I had 4 chickens until yesterday afternoon. I have 2 RI Reds, and a Plymouth Rock and had a Buff Orpington. I got them all the same day, one day old chicks. I got them last May 1,2018.
      Yesterday morning when I pit their feed and water in the coop, they all looked fine. At lunch time, I added water and they looked fine. When I got home after work at 3:30, my Buff Orpington was laying on her side dead. There was no sign of trauma, no bleeding anywhere. She looked as though she laid on her side closed her eyes and died. I was soo very UPSET, she was my favorite bird, friendly, liked to be held. I called her Daddy’s girl. She may have died because of this egg yoke peritonitis, of which I have never heard of. How can you tell she died of this. I buried her near the coop. The 2 reds sometimes let me hold them, but the Plymouth Rock wants NOTHING to do with it. My last flock of 3 birds were RI Reds, and I lost the “runt” when she was 3 yrs old. She to was my favorite, because she was friendly. Please get back to me.

  4. to make you guys feel better, I have a buff orpington named candy. She is very sweet, and she loves to follow me around everywhere. she is still alive, and she is best friends with two of my chickens. Padma (buff brahma) and Pip (beautiful big blue chicken don’t know the breed) Pip died recently, and she was so sweet and funny, she would follow you around and when she laid her egg, she would always be so proud of herself. She died suddenly as well, and she was one of my favorite chickens. Padma was really sad because that was one of her closest friends. When Pip died, she went over to the place where we found her, and started clucking quietly, almost like she was crying. Padma and Candy are my personal favorite chickens, and they let me pick them up soooo much! They both love being pet, and working with me on my computer. They are super special, and they would love your chickens too.

  5. We just lost our buff to a possum. I am devastated. She was about 4 years old and bossy as could be to her sisters (a Jersey giant and one we don’t know). She came running up to us wherever we were outside and loved to watch us through the windows. She would let my daughter pick her up and carry her around the yard and even jumped in my hammock with me. I’m so heartbroken that she passed so tragically. My hope was always that my chickens would love a good long life and die happy old hens.

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