Buff Orpington Duck

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The Buff Orpington duck is the epitome of a dual-purpose duck. For someone looking for one single “do-it-all” breed, these would be one of my first recommendations. They don’t completely excel in any one area, but neither do they have any major faults. They’re about as perfect as a dual-purpose duck can get.

Some people call them Buff Orpingtons. Others call them Buffs. Others refer to them as Orpingtons. Either way, they lay a fairly generous sum of 150-220 eggs a year. They weigh 5 to 7.5 pound, and they gain weight fast, which means they can be butchered by 8-10 weeks. They don’t fly, are good foragers, are fairly docile, and are relatively good mothers and broodies. They’re listed by the American Livestock Breed Conservancy as threatened. They’re also pretty, and sport rather unusual coloring–buff. Overall, they’re a fantastic choice for anyone looking for a breed they can use for both meat and eggs.

Buff Orpington
Buff Orpington. Photo courtesy of Kayli at thegaagirl.blogspot.com
Female Buff Orpington
A female Buff Orpington at an exhibition. Photo courtesy of The Domestic Waterfowl Club of Great Britain.
Male Buff Orpington
A male Buff Orpington at an exhibition. Photo courtesy of The Domestic Waterfowl Club of Great Britain.
Buff Orpington Pair
A Buff Orpington pair at an exhibition. Photo courtesy of The Domestic Waterfowl Club of Great Britain.
Buff Orpington Duckling
A Buff Orpington duckling. Photo courtesy of The Domestic Waterfowl Club of Great Britain.

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