Orpington ducks breed is also known as buff or pale yellow, as well as analogy to the more well-known eponymous breed of chickens. Indeed, these two species of different birds one thing in common except the name, namely people. William Cook – the expert who developed the breed ku and several species of ducks Orpington. The name of the breed got the same sign with the removal place, namely, that relate to the small English town of Orpington. Separately, you can consider several types of Orpington ducks, which differ mainly only in color. There are blue, beige, white and black ducks. White ducks almost appear larger, so they are very difficult to meet. Other ducks color is achieved by crossing several completely different species: Cayuga, Indian Runner, Eylsbyuri and Rouen ducks. The new breed was introduced in the early 19th century and soon became an American standard like Buff.
Buff – this versatile breed meat-egg direction with stunning exterior. Mature Orpington duck can produce about 220 eggs, which is a very large figure among ducks. Despite the colorful plumage, including the black bird has a beautiful pink color and a good presentation. In addition, the breed rather quickly gaining weight, to 2 months of age have to carry out mono slaughter since then accumulate in large amounts only fat, and the meat is no longer growing. Regarding the buff – it is a small duck breed, so coat is medium in size, but slightly elongated. The back is straight and broad, deep chest. The head is small, the eyes and the beak is medium in size. The neck is thin and bending, but not too long. Wings developed defective, constantly pressed against the trunk. Specific color pen – red with a yellow tinge, which is called fawn or buff.
Buff Ducks breed in mid weigh about 2.5 kg, but there are individuals whose weight becomes 3.2 kg. Drakes little more ducks, their alive weight is 2.8 kg, maximum – 3.5 kg. The ducklings are born quite small, but just 7-8 weeks, gaining about 2 kg. Today Orpington ducks are grown on small home grounds and large poultry farms, as well as the use of genetic material for the improvement and development of new species. The most common sites of cultivation Orpington ducks are in Western Europe: France, Italy, England.