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And Two in the Buff

Well, not exactly in the buff… but they are Buff Orpingtons. Buff Orpingtons are one of my most favorite breeds because they are dual purpose birds. Originally developed by William Cook in 1886, these sassy birds are known for laying wonderful large brown eggs, growing quite large to produce delicious meat, and being very intelligent. If I were to select one breed to have in my backyard forever and ever… these would be the ones I would choose.

Friendly, gentle, and even playful, these birds will be perfect to introduce our future children to raising and caring for chickens. Most children don’t have much experience with chickens these days, so it’s fairly safe to assume that these chickens will be a first. Since these chickens lay through the winter, the children will get to experience collecting eggs whenever they arrive at our home. And who doesn’t love fluffy, buttery looking chickens?

Wait… Did I really just call them buttery? What next?  Shall I name them “au vin” and “marsala”?  I have crossed a new line in chicken ownership.  And I have witnesses.

  • Michelle - Hi Lacy,

    They are real cuties! I think they are available in Australia but I can’t say I’ve ever seen one in the flesh.

    My children absolutely adore our chickens, they cuddle them, feed them by hand and there is a lot of competition on who gets to collect the eggs! (They also break a few in their excitement but I try very hard to not be upset about it as I don’t want to ruin their joy).

    We also try to identify which chicken laid which egg which isn’t as hard as it sounds when you have different breeds, that way the kids get to eat the eggs from *their* own personal chicken.

    Please post another photo when they mature as I would love to see what they look like, they are very pretty.



  • Julie at Elisharose - My Muffin is a Buff Orpington. She is quite the character and very personable. If I sit out in the backyard when they are out, you can bet I will get some snuggling from my pet chicken. If I’m weeding or gardening, my right hand chicken is right there to help out.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - They’re beautiful! 😀 Some day, if we have enough land, I will hope to have some chickens IF we have a fenced in yard.

    Take care, Robin :mrgreen:ReplyCancel

  • Barb - I love having chickens! They “love” me too, each evening when I come loaded with extras from the garden! They get one large zucchini, EVERY evening for the past month, sliced & then halved…right before their eyes..set on their “plates”…They see me and start chattering!
    Any news on the children of late? Lacy, did you notice the “Preserved Children” on my sidebar? I think of you and Josh everytime I glance at it.ReplyCancel

  • Sheri - Couple of hotties you have there Lacy. No seriously, they are very pretty! I would love to have fresh eggs and think the kids will enjoy collecting them. Something they can learn from and be proud of.ReplyCancel

  • marky - cute.. and wait till the eggs come!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - Hey, at least you didn’t say they were “tawny” and then name them Tawny Kitaen. You went classy, babe, and you can hold your head high for that. ;0ReplyCancel

  • Kath - I understand your love of chickens!!! I think they are cool creatures!ReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacy: That color reminds me of an orange, i hope they are good producers.

    We do too! The breed is known for being regular layers and all-around great chickens. Having never encountered a chicken that I did not like, I’m not worried! 🙂 Now, if you could just come over here and take pictures of them for me! I love your bird pictures! -L.R.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny, bloggess - The smell of chickens reminds me of home.

    That’s a weird thing to say, but totally true.

    You are in good company here. We are all weird like that. You fit right in, young filly. -L.R.ReplyCancel

  • YDavis - “fluffy, buttery looking chickens” LOL! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Leah - haha, I suspect Paula Deen would love your calling them “buttery”. 😉

    They are cuties. I have a soft spot for chickens, I don’t know why. Always makes me feel so guilty about eating them, though, when I’m watching them pecking around and being all cute about it. LOLReplyCancel

  • Valarie Lea - Awww chickies 🙂ReplyCancel

  • CC - plus, their kinda cute! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Tia Julie - Two beauties, I love the color. I love chickens and I love fresh eggs. Your future children will love the chickens and all of the other critters!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - They are so cute! I think I might have a couple of those, I have about 30 chickens. Our local Atwood’s had baby chicks this past spring and I just went through and picked out a variety. I love my chickens. I haven’t named all of them yet, but I will.

    I have Zilla and Little Hen who I’ve had for a couple of years along with some wild things that do not like to be confined, they are of the Indian Jungle Fowl variety.ReplyCancel

  • shelli - Are these going to be your laying chickens and the babies the eating chickens? I would struggle with killing them to eat later, I could probably get over the idea of farm fresh fertilized eggs with some practice, but doing the deed, well that’s why I didn’t eat chicken until I was an adult. My Granny liked to have us help her slaughter her chickens…my poor sensitive mind couldn’t separate the pet from the meal.ReplyCancel

  • tipper - So pretty-they look like they are straight out of a nursery rhyme.ReplyCancel

  • Applie - Awww they are so pretty!! I want chickens.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Sweet chickens. Your kids will love them along with all the other things you have going on at Razor Farms.ReplyCancel

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