As well as being one of our favourites, we have also have found them to be one of the most gentle and docile of breeds, making them great pets and egg layers alike for those whom delight in owning them.
Their eggs are a tinted - pink - brown colour and they can be expected to lay upwards of 230 eggs in their first years.
They are generally a very good forager, a large dual purpose bird that are greatly desired not only for their looks, but also for their easy going nature, not to mention their egg laying, and meat value.
Blue orpingtons pullets are fairly hard to achieve due to the genetics of the blue colour - a blue rooster with a blue hen will only produce 50% blue chicks - the rest will be black and splash coloured. And then when you consider half of those blue chicks will be roosters it means we have to hatch ALOT of eggs to get a few blue pullets. So please be patient when on our order list - good things take time!
Splash Orpingtons are a lovely by-product of producing blues. We don't breed for them on purpose. These gorgeous fluff balls range in colour from almost white to powder grey with varying amounts of darker splotches of grey. They are really quite beautiful.
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in our Galley below. .
Photo above of a splash and two blue Orpington Cockerels.
Blue Colour Genetic Combinations
The Colour genetic combinations for resulting off spring are as follows:
Blue x Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black & 25% Splash chicks
Black x Blue = 50% Black & 50% Blue chicks
Black x Black = 100% Black chicks
Black x Splash = 100% Blue chicks
Blue x Splash = 50% Blue & 50% Splash chicks
Splash x Splash = 100% Splash chicks
When breeding any Blue poultry, the resulting chicks do not all hatch out to be blue, as with any blue poultry no matter what the breed, the chicks that hatch out will be approx 50% blue, 25% black & 25% splash.
This is just the way all blue poultry genetics work, including in blue laced varieties as well as with blue ducks also.
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