Valley Hatchery is thrilled to introduce the Jubilee Orpington Chicks, a majestic breed that traces its origins back to Orpington, England in the late 1800s. Named to honor the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, this breed was first presented by William Cook’s family in 1897. Renowned for its fluffy, complex feather pattern that can take up to 18 months to fully develop, the Jubilee Orpington is a sight to behold. Its feathers boast a rich mahogany base with black spangles, elegantly tipped in white, creating an illusion of greater size. This intricate plumage, combined with their white beak, legs, feet, and striking red earlobes, face, comb, and wattles, make them a standout addition to any coop.
Despite being a relatively recent addition to the U.S. poultry scene, having been imported only in the last decade, the Jubilee Orpington has quickly become a favorite. Known for their friendly demeanor, these birds are less flighty, making them an excellent choice for families with kids and pets. Weighing up to 10 pounds for males and about 8 pounds for females, they are a robust breed. While they can be passive and sometimes subject to pecking by other breeds, their cold-hardiness is a notable advantage. As a dual-purpose breed, they are primarily used for egg production in the U.S., promising over 150 medium brown eggs per hen annually.
In terms of longevity and care, the Jubilee Orpington is a commitment to excellence. These birds live an average of 8 years or more, given proper care, embodying the legacy of their royal origins. However, it is important to note that despite their regal background, the Jubilee Orpington is not recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA). If you are seeking to diversify your backyard coop with something rare and majestic, Valley Hatchery’s Jubilee Orpington Chicks are an impeccable choice. When you choose to bring home these splendid birds from our hatchery, you are guaranteed to receive healthy, happy chicks, ready to grow into magnificent representatives of their breed.