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.