Gallus gallus domesticusOrpington1

Family

  • Phasianidae

Common Name

  • Orpington Chicken

Lifespan

  • Average 8 years

Size

  • Weight: Males – 10 pounds Females - 8 pounds

Range

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

Diet

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

ReproductionOrpington2

  • 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

Sources

  1. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  2. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search
  3. Livestock Conservancy.org Orpington Chicken Breed Facts. Accessed February, 2016. http://www.livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/orpington

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