There are many reasons why I chose this breed: 4-5 eggs per week, good mothers if I need a need a hen to raise future chicks, dual-purpose bird (meat and eggs), don’t mind being cooped up but also likes free range, winter hearty, does well in hot weather, but mostly because they are so friendly. I learned that Orpingtons are sometimes at the bottom of the pecking order because they are not usually aggressive, which also makes them a good match for children. Ahem – and this gal who really just wants to hold and pet her chickens!
I visit the brooder several times a day because I want them to get used to me picking them up. Isabelle usually runs to greet me and jumps up into my lap. She’s the most friendly of the bunch and will fall asleep in my arms. Bella is usually right behind Isabelle. Lets me pick her up without a problem and sits in my lap. She has the darkest buff coloring and is a fluffy fat ball. Annabelle is more beige in color and the smallest. She tolerates being picked up, gives a little chirp and will sit in my lap for a bit and then she’s done. Georgia is the largest of the Belles. She’s very inquisitive and wants to see what’s going on, but she will squawk and run if I try to pick her up. She refuses to sit in my lap. I realize that babies of anything are adorable, but seriously? How cute are these girls? Not quite a week, and you can see that they are already beginning to get their pin feathers.