Buff Orpington Ducks.
HISTORY: The Buff Orpington Duck originated as a cross breeding
programme between Indian Runner ; Rouen ; and Aylesbury in
Kent in order to create a dual purpose breed. According to Lewis
Wright "the origin of the Buff and the Blue Buff and Blue
Orpington duck: Orpington " Buff Orpington ducks were
Ducks. made some twelve or fourteen years back, but not brought
into prominence in England until 1898, when they were shown at
several large shows, such as the Dairy and Crystal Palace, where
classes were guaranteed for them by Mr. A. C. Gilbert, who also at
the same time drew up standards for them and formed a club for
them. In Australia they had previously made their reputation by
winning two twelve months' laying competitions in succession.
"They were made to fill the demand for a first-class layer, and at
the same time a nicesized table bird of fine quality and flavoured
flesh. The start was made by mating Indian Runners to Aylesburys,
Indian Runners to Rouens, and Indian Runners to Cayugas.
. . .
. .. This put the idea into the head of the originator
(the late Mr. William Cook) to make a Blue
Orpington duck, as well as Buff Orpington ducks ; so the darkest
and the ones with most blue markings were put on one side and
mated with Cayugas and Pckins. Then the same process went on with
these, mating and intermating, until the Blue Orpington ducks were
a finished article, the same as the Buffs.
It was introduced a few years after the Khaki Campbell and can
suffer from the fact that although it used to be written of as an
egg laying breed with high annual laying figures it is now more
respected for its plumage and colouring. It is capable of laying up
to 220 eggs a year. Originally created by William Cook of Orpington,
Kent, UK, from the selection of mis-marked Blue Orpington Ducks;
Cook was also the developer of the Orpington chicken. The Buff
Orpington Duck was introduced to the public at the Dairy Show, the
Agricultural Hall Islington, London in October 1897
There are a few Blue / Lavender Orpingtons About
as well as the more usual Buff. The original breeding was Runners
mated to Aylesbury ( how ? ) Then Runner to Rouen and
Runner to Cayuga. Progeny from these was then selectively bred to
fix the Buff colour and egg laying potential . . . the Rouen eyeline
and neck band is the first bit to re surface in any cross/in
Coaley Fawn bred by Miss N Edwards of Coaley in
Gloucestershire died out some years ago but were originally
buff ducks with chocolate heads in the drakes and orange bill
and legs making them resemble an Orpington/Campbell cross . Last
seen for sale pre 1958 so please stop asking to buy them. . .
they do not exist any more.. . . unless anyone knows different?
There are a few Blue / Lavender Orpingtons About as well as the more
usual Buff but are often unstable. The Buff Orpington is an unstable
colour due to a blue dilution gene which means that from the
offspring, all three colour variations ( Buff, Blond and Brown) will
Names:-Orpington Fulva in Italy
Country Of Origin;......... England (Kent) An early 20th Century
Breed mentioned from the 1920's onwards as a fixed breed
Carriage;Similar to the Campbell ducks but a substantially more well
built duck ie useful for the table if needed
Egg Colour.....................The eggs weigh 65 g and are white
Egg Numbers.............180 /200
Breed Hints....Kept as trio or pair .. will go broody and hatch 28
Weights; 5 to 6 pounds. This is an average size bird (weight of
theduck: 2,5 kg; of the drake: 3 kg).
Breed Tip*** Both colours suffer from fading in the colour of some
females with age
Flying .. .rarely flies a good back garden all rounder;
Terry Hanham's female 2015 Hants Berks Show