Splash Orpington are a large, docile chicken breed. They have a friendly disposition and lay large light beige eggs. They are excellent egg layers, and tend to go broody. They will lay around 180 to 200 eggs per year.
Orpingtons are very friendly and easygoing, so they have become favorites in backyard flocks. Also, they are quite cold hardy, which makes them suitable for northern climates.
The breed was developed in England in the late 19 century, putting the town of Orpington on the map. The original breeder reportedly created a black bird that would not show the soot of London. Today, the black variety still exists, as do white, blue, buff, and splash.