History of the Buff Orpington
This breed was named after the town in Kent where the originator, William Cook, had his farm. He bred the Buff in 1894.
Cook originally intended them to be a dual purpose breed, as they remained in Australia, but poultry breeding in the UK was dominated by the show scene, because that was where the biggest profits were made.
Their profuse plumage undermined their productivity for meat or eggs, but no one cared in a time when a show champion might be sold for a sum equivalent to a year’s wages for a working man.
Rare Breeds Survival Trust
Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park is proud to be a member of the RBST, whose mission is to ensure we do not lose the diversity of our native breeds. They do this through a programme of monitoring, saving and promoting the breeding & registration of rare and native breeds.
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