One of our favorite breeds is now available to us in blue! Introduced from England in the late 1800's, Orpingtons quickly became one of the most popular farm fowls in this country. Large, quiet and stately birds, Blue Orpingtons are a dual purpose fowl and are easily dressed. They are a lovely white skinned eating bird, plump and juicy from your oven. They are quite large at maturity, even larger than the beloved Buff Orpington. Roosters will average 8-11 lbs. These cold-hardy beauties are good winter layers, shelling out brown eggs right through cold weather. The Blue Orpington chicken is a highly docile bird and is very suitable for families with small children. They are very popular and also tend to be smarter than some other breeds. Some Orpingtons have learned tricks and they usually come when their name is called. They love to be handled. These beautiful fowl are some of our best setters and mothers...perfect for hatching eggs from non-setters. they are young and very healthy and active. We are very proud of these new "blue beauties", we know that you will be also.
THE COLOR BLUE: An interesting genetic characteristic of the Blue Andalusian, is the return in the descendant of not only all blue chicks, but also the black, white, and black-white colors used in the earliest matings many generations ago to create these blue fowl. All of these chicks carry the blue genes and when mated black to white (splash) or with other blues, in turn produce numerous blue progeny. Approximately 50% of the baby chicks will be all blue. The other 50% will be black, white, and black/white combinations (splash).
Tip: Selectively breeding the black chickens to the white (splash) chickens will produce only blue chicks.
Larger orders may require multiple shipments. Please email us with any concerns or questions.
IMPORTANT: We do not, under any circumstance, guarantee that your eggs will hatch! Many factors beyond our control may contribute to incubation success or failure. Please see our FAQ page for complete information.
PLEASE NOTE: Hatching eggs are shipped as soon as available. We do our best to estimate current availability above. These estimates are based on past laying habits. Certain breeds are in high demand and may be sold out for weeks or perhaps months. Please be patient and know that every effort is being made to fill your order just as quickly as possible. Please see our FAQ page for complete information about current availability.