Uses: Utility: eggs and meat.
Eggs: 160 to 200+ Eggs.
Origin: Orpington, Kent, U.K.
Weight: Drake: 2.2 - 3.4 Kg, Duck: 2.2 - 3.2 Kg.
Colours: Buff. (Blue, Brown are no longer standardised).
Useful to Know: From a pair of Buff Orpington Ducks, 3 colour variations will hatch due to the blue dilution gene.
Photo: A Buff Orpington Drake.
The Orpington duck was created by William Cook of Orpington, Kent around 1890 as a dual purpose utility duck. Mr Cook famously produced the Orpington Chicken around about the same time. Available in 3 colours: Buff, Blond and Brown. The Buff Orpington is an unstable colour due to a blue dilution gene which means that from the offspring, all 3 colour variations will appear. The Orpington Duck is a very good egg layer, capable of laying 200 or more eggs in a year.
The Buff Orpington was first standardised in 1910.
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