Gallus gallus domesticusOrpington1


  • Phasianidae

Common Name

  • Orpington Chicken


  • Average 8 years


  • Weight: Males – 10 pounds Females - 8 pounds


  • A domestic, hearty chicken that is found living alongside humans


  • Omnivores
  • In the wild: Insects and seeds
  • At the zoo: Game bird chow


  • The eggs produced are light to dark brown
  • On average lay up to 200 eggs a year

Interesting facts

  • Bred in Orpington, England by William Cook in 1886
  • Spread to America in 1903
  • Favored for its growth rate, egg laying rate, and table-top characteristics

Conservation status

  • CITES –Not Listed
  • IUCN –Not Evaluated


  1. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016.
  2. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016.
  3. Livestock Orpington Chicken Breed Facts. Accessed February, 2016.

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