Blue Orpington Chickens

My Orpington pens are of the blue/black/splash variety. Meaning the dilution of the black gene has mutated leaving the chicks that hatch with 0, 1 or 2 blue genes that define their color.

My breeding pens are a combination of colors. While blue is the standard recognized color many people have taken a liking to the splash variety and often they are the most sought after coloration.

The blue gene is a fairly predictable thing based on breeding for color. It doesn’t matter which of the pair is which color, it is not sex linked, and the outcome percentages is based on a law of averages on a hatch of 100 chicks.

Some people question the need of having black in the breeding pens. Black hens or even a rooster are needed to keep the blue color strong and deep. Repeated generations of blue breeding without black to strengthen the coloration will leave you with very light colored and diluted genes. Remember – you need the black genes – they are what makes the blue dilution possible.

Blue x Blue = 25% Black (no blue gene) 50% Blue (one blue gene) 25% splash (two blue genes)

Black x Blue = 50% Black (no blue gene) 50% Blue (one blue gene)

Black x Splash = 100% Blue (one blue gene)

Blue x Splash = 50% Blue (one blue gene) 50% Splash (two blue genes)

Splash x Splash = 100% Splash (two blue genes)

I have a blue rooster, Wheeler, a splash rooster, Bragg, and another blue rooster, J.E.B. They are each housed with hens of blue, black and splash coloration. (Yes, All of my bbs orpington roosters are named for Confederate Generals.)

This is Wheeler last Feb 2009.

This is a video of him I took in February of 2010.

Pardon the mud. We had over 4 feet of snow that finally melted. It left everything muddy.

Hatching eggs are available for shipping or local pick-up.

$35 per dozen plus priority mailing fees to anywhere in the continental US. Please note it costs more to ship to the west coast and Texas.

Payment may be made by money order only by United States Postal Service or by Paypal.

Paypal payments must be by a verified buyer.

Please Note:

*I do not make an guarantees on shipped eggs.

*I do not replace eggs that fail to hatch.

*As with any shipped eggs you take your chances. I wrap and carefully pack fresh eggs the best way possible with lots of bubble wrap and ship priority mail.

* Payment is by Paypal with verified buyers only.

* I reserve the right to refuse sale to anyone who doesn’t meet the Paypal requirements.

Feel free to contact me through my website email address bigredcouch [at] gmail [dot] com to enquire about eggs.

I will hatch chicks for those who don’t feel they are able to do so for themselves. I do NOT ship live chicks. Chicks must be picked up with 2 days of hatching. I require a 50% non-refundable deposit prior to setting a hatch.

49 Responses to “Blue Orpington Chickens”

  • Angie says:

    Just give a shout, Penny. I’d be happy to send you some eggs.

  • Penny says:

    When things settle down here I’m going to see if you have some eggs I can put under one of my broodies. It’s a nice drive there…. Bernie would enjoy it. And that Wheeler makes me *swoon*……

  • Kyle Aymond says:

    I would like to order your Blue Orpington Hatching Eggs for delivery the Week of May 25th, if possible. How would you want me to do this, internet or phone? Also, will the eggs I receive be unrelated, suitable for breeding? Thanks!

  • My husband is at the moment building a coop and we have been looking for a source of orpington chicks.

    What is your minimum order as I would like to keep it to 4-6 hens not sure I want a rooster but know there are no guarantees. I would be able to pick-up as I live in Stafford County, Va.

    Also interested in geese, had Toulouse in that past and were fun to watch also made great watchdogs.

    Great to see you have a FB page have added you.

    Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.

    Chris Eberhardt

  • Angie says:

    I may have some extra chicks at the end of this hatch I am currently incubating. I won’t know until the hatch completes how many chicks I’ll have extra.

  • Rachel says:

    My mother keeps chickens in her back yard in California and just loves their antics (and their eggs). She would like to have a couple of Blue Orpingtons, but they are difficult to find. As ordering 25 chicks (the minimum for shippers) is out of the question I am trying to find other options. Would you happen to know of a California source for Blue Orps? Thank you for your kind help — your Orps are lovely!

  • Angie says:

    Most people will tell you the best way to get the blue orpingtons is to hatch them yourself. I do have hatching eggs. I do not ship live chicks.

  • Donna says:

    Hi Angie,
    I am looking for some splash x splash eggs. Do you have this or will you sometime?
    Thanks,
    Donna

  • Angie says:

    I do not keep a 100% splash pen. If you want eggs you take your chances the same as with the other colors in the blue gene.

  • Cody Gerry says:

    Hi,
    I am interested in some chicks. Do you have a minimum?

  • Carolyn Derrenbacher says:

    I am looking for some blue or black pullets or hens. I have a blue cockeral from Tracey Boguski (actually two) and I would like to pair him to start my own blue/splash flock. Do you have any available?

  • Angie says:

    I don’t have any hens for sale. I could set a hatch and hatch some chicks for you. I require payment up front before setting a hatch as I have been stiffed in the past and had to rehome over 100 chicks when the buyer backed out at the last minute.

  • Sandy in WV says:

    I would like some hatching eggs blue/black/splash orpingtons in spring 2011 as soon as it it warm enough, around 2 dozen, Please let me know if you think you will have some,

    Thank you

    sandy in wv

  • Sandy in WV says:

    Thank you for a fast response, I am delighted you will have blue/black/splash orpington eggs in the spring 2011. I have just a couple questions: What is the safest time to start shipping eggs? and Will these eggs have enough diversity for raising my own? I also see you hatch out eggs for pick up, if you are within a half day driving distance, I would love to see your flock and just pick up hatched chicks.(I didnt see address or contact info on your web page.
    Thanks again

    Sandy in WV

  • Carri says:

    I love him. Please give him a kiss and fluff his cocktail for me. :)

  • Jamie says:

    I want blues so badly. Please let me know if you are in driving distance of Lake/Geauga Ohio. And when you think you would have some available.
    I have Buffs so I am set up pretty well.

    Exciting:)

    jamie

  • Jamie says:

    Ok, I see others saying you are within distance of VA so probably a little far for me. Let me know when I can get some eggs. I have brooders or will get an incubator. I have plenty of room so while I am looking for 10-15, up to 25 or so is fine if that is your requuirement.
    did I understand that you get what you get, no specifics in color? Thats fine, I imagine if it works for you, the mix will be fine.

  • Holly says:

    Ive been looking for some blue orpingtons and was wondering if I could buy some and have them shipped out on March 9th or 10th. I only need one dozen.

  • Angie says:

    Holly, the girls are not all laying yet. Eggs will pick up soon. Please email for info on ordering eggs.

  • Robin says:

    Angie,
    I just heard about the blue orpintons and found your website! I am so excited to hear about these beautiful birds. I have the buff orpingtons and I love them! When could I get some eggs delivered. I would probably like 2 dozen. Thanks

  • Angie says:

    Hi, Robin, eggs are $35 a doz plus shipping if you are not on the east coast shipping costs more especially to Texas and California. I don’t know why. It just is. The hens should be laying well another week and I collect eggs for you at that time.

  • Robin Skaggs says:

    Thanks so much!! please email me personally as I don’t go online very often. Awaiting your call.

  • Gail Lawrence says:

    I live in South Texas. I have never raised chickens except many years ago when I was a child.

    Do I need a certain breed for the hot Texas temperatures or will any kind of chicken do?

  • Angie says:

    Any kind that strikes your fancy will do!

  • Tina says:

    I would like to talk to you about your Blue Orpingtons. Please send your # so I can call.
    Tina Cafaro

  • Angie says:

    You may email me at bigredcouch(at)gmail(dot)com.

  • Robin says:

    Angie,
    Did not have a good success rate with my hatch. Only had one survive. So I may be ordering somemore eggs from you. checked my incubator 4 x daily for temp/ humidity and all was good. Have never had such a bad hatch. But I do want to try again. Please tell me when you will have more eggs.

  • Angie says:

    I am really sorry to read that the hatch wasn’t good. That is one of the issues with the Blue gene. It can be extremely fragile. I had to do dozens of hatches to build my initial flock.

    I have a dozen eggs plus some extras I collected yesterday and this morning that I can send you tomorrow to try again for the cost of shipping.

    Let me know and I’ll get them wrapped and boxed in the morning.

  • Rushell Curran says:

    Hello. I am very interested in getting some blue orpingtons. Do you still breed them (I noticed that this blog is 2010). I would like to pick up the hatched chicks. I live in VA… where are you located exactly? Please let me know. Thanks!!!

  • Angie says:

    I am not hatching at this time. I do have hatching eggs available.

  • KC Douglas says:

    I am interested in acquiring some blue Orpington eggs to hatch for my daughters 4h project. I would need them the end of January. what do you charge for them and are they well wrapped for the cold?

    Thanks,KC

  • Angie says:

    In January the weather here is freezing – as in under 32 and often near or below 0. I do not ship eggs in January. Often I do not ship eggs in February either. March is the best time for eggs.

  • Jackie says:

    Just wondering where you live. I live in NW AR/SW MO. Your blue orpingtons are BEAUTIFUL. Didn’t know if I’d be able to meet you half-way or something to pick up a couple chicks or a grown hen. We’re experimenting with hatching a couple chicken/duck eggs right now. My husband and I just started a “Hobby Farm” — we have 11 chickens and 5 ducks.

  • Angie says:

    I am in Virginia. I do ship eggs.

  • barefootmama says:

    My hens that I hatched from your eggs, are the most Beautiful hens I have ever seen. They are also smart and good-natured… THANK YOU!!!! Barefoot Mama

  • Robert L. Steele says:

    Would like to speak with about your bbs orps call me at 252-945-7386 or email me your phone #

  • Tammy Wise says:

    Good morning! I am interested in purchasing blue orpington chickens. I would need to know where you are located to be able to know if it is practical for me to pick up the baby chicks. We live in western NY (Dansville).

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Tammy

  • Joe Gombar says:

    Want to know if you still have blue orpington eggs.And what is the shipping cost to Michigan.

  • Sheryl Potts says:

    Hello. I live in Ohio and am wondering if you sell hens as well as eggs? I would be willing to drive, of course, to pick up the ladies. I am new to the world of chickens and fresh eggs – actually having been allergic to commercial eggs since I was little, finding truly organic and free-range eggs are an absolute delight and have opened up a whole new world for me in the kitchen. It’s late in the season, but we’re anxious to find heritage laying hens immediately as the coop is nearly finished. I have my heart set on the frilly and fat-bottomed blue orpingtons, so hope you can help. If you don’t have hens for sale yourself, do you know of any other local resource? Thank you for your time.

  • Leah says:

    Do you have any orpington pullets currently available?

  • Pam Lund says:

    Wheeler is beautiful and I have to admit I am partial to the name or in truth to Fighting Joe. I am wondering if you will have eggs to ship this summer? Am just starting my flock and shopping around for good stock even though they are just going to be a loved backyard flock. I can see trips to the fair though as I have breed & shown blood stock from dogs to horses for years. I always believed in buying the best. Please let me know about egg availibility

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  • Julie says:

    Hi,
    I just found your blog and am very interested in ordering some Blue Orpington eggs/chicks. We are new to chickens and I need to continue doing research on whether or not we want to try to hatch the eggs, or drive and pick up the baby chicks when they hatch. We live in north central WV. Where are you located at? If we order the eggs, how long would it be before you could ship them out? Thanks for the information! ;)
    Julie McCauley

  • Joe Mumford says:

    Hello,

    Would like to purchase some chicks.. Pleas send price,,, and number available. I think they are a wonderful looking bird..

    Or do you have a breading trio… Splash rooster, one splash hen, one blue hen.. some thing like that mix…

    Let me know what you can do.. where are you located.. I may be able to come and see you..

    Thanks,
    Joe Mumford

  • jeff van rossum says:

    Do you have eggs available now and what would be the cost of shipping?zip-54106

  • Tina Sutton says:

    Hi,
    I am looking for an English blue pullet. The birds in your photos are beautiful. I look forward to your reply.
    Sincerely, Tina

  • Lisa James says:

    I’m looking to purchase some these if you have some that will be laying soon?

  • carol ennis says:

    I am looking for blue english orpingtons

  • I’ve got a part-time occupation Preteen Portal gorgeous pair. she’s muggy and he is so gorgeous sunny aristocrat can inspect him all day….wish I knew who he was…I approximating these kind of porns better…

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