Orppington or Buff is a breed of ducks, created in England by the famous breeder William Cook. He brought out some unusual colors: Blue, Buff and Black Orpington. White Orpington was not popular, and its breeding has come to naught.
The name of the breed comes from the suburbs of London, from where the breeder comes from. The success of William Cook can also be attributed to the creation of the same name of a variety of chickens. Crossing the rocks of the coyuga, Rouen, Indian runner and Eyllbury gave W. Cooke the opportunity to get the buff color. At the beginning of the XX century, he earned quite well on the bred birds with an unusual coloring of plumage.
In 1908, Cook showed ducks at the show at Madison Square Garden. The breed Orpington in 1914 received the American Standard of Excellence as a Buff. For the first time in history, the color of the plumage became the name of the breed. Blue Orppington, which existed in America, eventually assimilated with a blue Swedish duck.
External characteristics of the breed.
This bird has a long wide, almost horizontally arranged body, with a full, rounded chest. Head small, oval in shape. Eyes are brown. The beak is of medium length; in drake, it has a yellow color and an orange-brown color in the female. The neck of the duck is long, gracefully curved, the wings are medium in size, conical in shape. The tail is also small, with a few feathers curling in rings. Drains and ducks have feathering beige and yellow-orange legs. By the old age, females lose their interesting coloring. Life expectancy of birds is from 8 to 12 years.
Features of the content of ducks.
Ducks Buff is advantageous to keep in agriculture. For breeders, it is attractive in that it gives excellent performance in two areas of productivity. Individuals of this breed, like many representatives of the egg-meat orientation, have good fatness. The live weight of a drake from 2,600 g to 3,500 grams, ducks from 2,500 g to 3,200 g. The ducklings quickly ripen and weigh up to 2 kg by 8 weeks. At 10 weeks you can get ready-made carcasses for sale.
Ducks Orpington excellent layers. For a year, one bird lays between 140 and 220 eggs per year. In a week, you can collect enough eggs for sale. The shell has a white or light gray hue.
The meat of birds has exquisite taste, it is extremely soft and fragrant. Light plumage after pluck does not spoil the presentation of carcasses. This breed is not bred in industrial sizes, as breeders prefer cheaper meat of Peking ducks, although it is considered that it is not so tasty.
The breed of Orpington is very easy to grow. This is an ideal option for beginner poultry farmers. Often these birds are bred for decorative purposes. Ducks Buff are very smart and friendly. The main thing is to provide them with constant access to clean water. Birds of the Orpington breed are very fond of swimming and diving. If there is no pond nearby, then you need to make it yourself. It can be a small tank, dug in the ground or lined with film.
It is important not to forget about the periodic replacement of water. On the ground they provide themselves with food in the form of larvae, insects, aquatic vegetation. As a top dressing it is best to use dry grain, various poultry. It is noteworthy that the ducks themselves return to their house for the night. They can not fly, therefore, if the birds are kept in an enclosure, a low fence will suffice. To maintain productive abilities and prevent diseases, the house must maintain a temperature of 7-14 ° C.
The breed of Orpington is spread mostly in Europe – Italy, France, England. In France, females are often used for crossing with musk ducks.
Breed of ducks “Orpington”