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The Buff or Buff Orpington was developed by the William Cook family who lived in the Orpington area of Kent, England in the early 1900s. It was developed as a multipurpose bird, with the ability to lay good quantities of eggs along with having the size and feather color to make a good roasting duck. Some even claim that the buff colored feathers are easier to pluck than the white Pekin feathers.
Though the Buff breeds true (progeny have the same color as parents), they originated from a variety of breeds. W. Powell-Owen described this breeding program in 1918 "Runners were mated to Aylesburys, Runners to Rouens and Runners to Cayugas, and the progeny were crossed with one another until the buff plumage was secured." They entered the United States in 1908. Interestingly, they are the only poultry breed admitted in the American Standard of Perfection with their name as a color only. Orpington should have been used to describe the breed and Buff for the variety. They remain a very beautiful and popular breed.
We love our buffies! Our girls all have distinct personalities and complement each other as a flock. They hatched around the very end of April. One started laying 9/17, the next a few days later, the smallest bird 10/15. They lay consistently and are still laying here in coastal NC in February. We would give them ten stars if we could.
I love, love this breed! My girl is so sweet, alert, and intelligent. Out of five ducks of all different breeds, she is the only one smart enough to be an escape artist...but also is so sweet that she comes running to me when she sees me, and lets me pick her up and put her back in her pen. Even as a duckling, she was always watching and actively figuring things out. My most alert duck when it comes to watching for predators, an excellent forager, the first one to start laying (and she is laying so many eggs even in winter!), and is so interactive and friendly. I really just adore this girl and think this is a fantastic breed for anyone looking for laying ducks.
I think the Buff breed is beautiful, These girls grew so fast. I am ordering more and am enlarging my duck enclosure. The babies were very healthy when they arrived and have thrived. I am new to this, but I have enjoyed learning about them. They are incredibly entertaining, I absolutely love them.
Deandra, our Buff duckling, is the most energetic of the new flock. She is on a race, so much more personality than I realized a duck could have. She is healthy and happy
This was the first time for us to order any kind of live animal through the mail, and I was so nervous. The staff at Metzer and my post office helped ease my nerves by explaining the process. This morning I got a call from the post office that the ducklings had arrived! All 8 were in great shape! I was very impressed with the quality of the ducks. It was nice that the male was marked with a little band as well. We were super impressed.
My 4 girls arrived happy and healthy. I had them for 2 weeks, then my Silver Appleyard hen took them. She has raised them alongside her duckling and they are all wonderful. Very pleased , as always, with my purchase.