Day Old Jubilee Orpington Chickens
Jubilee Orpingtons are one of the most exciting and splendid chicken varieties in the U.S. right now. Although this variety of Orpington has been known in England for over a hundred years, it has only been imported in the U.S. within the past 10 years and is extremely rare and hard to find here in the states.
Jubilee Orpingtons are one of the very largest breeds of chickens and have the full bodies and big fluffy butts that are the hallmark of Orpingtons. The feather patterning of these birds is striking - the background is mostly a rich mahogany color that is punctuated with speckles of white and black, that shimmer to crimson and brilliant green. The patterning is very similar in effect to the Speckled Sussex, but the overall impression of the bird is completely different as the Orpington carriage and feather texture makes the jubilee pattern much more fun; this is probably why this variety is called 'jubilee' rather than simply, 'speckled'!
The Orpington Chicken breed is a celebrated and favorite of Great Britain. The breed was developed in the middle of the 19th century by William Cook and was everything that a chicken keeper could want. Orpingtons were a wild success, and Cook continued to expand the color varieties of the breed. Jubilee Orpingtons were developed in 1897 and were the result of crossing Spangled Old English Games with Dorkings and then crossing the outcome with Buff Orpingtons. They were originally called Diamond Jubliee Orpingtons.
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