Black Orpington is a rare, large, docile chicken breed. Their large feathers make insemination difficult which make the chicks valuable. Regardless, they are a dual-purpose bird good for both meat and eggs. They are excellent show birds and even better backyard pets.
The Orpington is a breed of chicken named after the town of Orpington, Kent in southeast England. The original Black Orpington was bred by William Cook in 1886 by crossing Minorcas, Langshans and Plymouth Rocks. They have a docile nature, very friendly. They are excellent layers and good meat quality. Its large size and soft appearance together with its rich colors make it attractive and popular as show birds. The hens often become broody and are good mothers. Even though they are a heavy bird, they are able to fly small distances, but rarely do so.