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Buff Orpingtons
2014 Delivery Dates
Catalog Number Description 1-5 6-15 16-24 25-49 50-99 100 or more How Many
BUOC Males $2.11 $1.86 $1.81 $1.54 $1.45 $1.35
BUOP Females $3.22 $2.97 $2.89 $2.81 $2.76 $2.69 Sold Out
BUOS Straight Run $2.82 $2.57 $2.51 $2.43 $2.40 $2.36 Sold Out
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Availability Display below is for the next several hatches. This breed is available for future dates. You can pick the date during the check out process. Green: available. Blue: limited availability. Red: not available.
Quick Stats
Type: standard
Class: English
Egg Color: brown
Egg Size: large
Egg Production: better
Meat Production: excellent
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Heat Tolerance: good
Cold Tolerance: excellent
Disposition: good
Weeks to Maturity: 20
Freerange: better
Skin Color: white
Feather Color: red
Comb Type: single
Likely to sit on eggs: extremely likely
Bird Size: extra large
Exotic: no
Leg Style: clean
Head Style: regular
Male Mature Weight: 10 lbs
Female Mature Weight: 8 lbs
ALBC Priority: recovering

One time years ago at our Hamilton County Fair the poultry judge was asked to describe the correct plumage color for this variety. Taking out his gold watch he said, "That's the color for Buff Orpingtons." And pure gold they are, symbolic of great value and high quality. Introduced from England in the late 1800's, they became one of the most popular farm fowls in this country. These are large, stately birds of quiet disposition. Easy to dress for the table they are white skinned, plump, and juicy, a beautiful eating bird. Their heavy, full plumage make them excellent winter layers, shelling out brown eggs right through cold weather. They also make excellent setters and mothers. These "Golden Beauties" have been one of our most popular varieties for years and years with their glistening plumage and pinkish white skin. Baby chicks are a soft light buff color. 

As a reminder, to help ensure a safe arrival to you, the minimum number of chicks for each order prior to April 1st is 25. On and after April 1st, the minimum number of chicks required is 15. You can mix and match any type of baby chick in your order to reach the applicable chick minimum order. If ordering any bantams, we require a minimum of 15 bantams per order.
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Customer Product Reviews
Received our 15 Buff Orpington chicks and one mystery exotic chick on July 14, 2014. Our local post office called when they arrived at 4 AM, and I drove right in to get them! What beautiful, healthy chicks! I dipped each beak in water, and they were soon drinking and scratching/eating their starter feed. They are growing like weeds! Excited to see what our exotic chick is- full of personality whatever the breed. Thanks for the excellent service & chicks!
Chicks arrived 2 days ago and all are doing great.
We purchased several Buff Orpingtons, Black Jersey Giants and Dominiques this past March 2014. They have turned out to be such beauties. The Black Giant roosters are starting to crow in the past couple of weeks. It's comical when they first start to crow. They were very healthy lively chicks when we got them so that made all the difference in their great survival rate.
Received my chicks on 5/5 and was so impressed, all 35 were healthy and noisy. Waiting for them to grow big enough to go outside the coop. They sure do eat a lot. This is my first time and I wanted birds that would brood. So far the experience has been good. Thank you McMurray.
I love this breed. Dependable layers with a friendly disposition. The cockerel I ordered has grown into a wonderful young bird. He will be an excellent replacement for my large 3 year old rooster.
product review I received my chicks two days ago on Sunday. I live in Kansas and received the ship notice on Saturday, the next day I received a call from the post office letting me know the chicks had arrived. I am pleased to say that all of the chicks are active and happy even the extra Buff Orpington and the mystery chick which is black with a white spot on his/her head. I immediately took them home and put them in their new cat and dog proof pen where they are happily scratching around and fertilizing in our heated greenhouse, they also love aphids, we have an aphid infestation right now and have put some aphid covered leaves into their pen and they clean the aphids right off. I have ordered from Murray McMurray Hatchery in the past and have always received healthy chicks.
Buff Orpingtons have always been my favorite breed. The ones I ordered from McMurray's were great! Every chick arrived perfectly healthy and happy. I did not lose a single chick even though they traveled all the way to Alaska!! These chickens have a gentle personality, and peace reigns in the coop when you have these birds in the mix. The Buff Orpington roosters are also the only roosters I have ever had that are gentle and kind to the hens and people. They will protect their hens, but will not chase you or your kids around the yard! If you are new to chickens, I recommend Buff Orpingtons. They lay pretty brown eggs, are a calm chicken, and are just as pretty as can be. The bonus is that the hens can be broody and make great mothers!
I ordered my Buffs last year. The hens have laid through the winter and 2 hatched nests this year. Roosters are docile. Great breed. Will be getting more. Thanks McMurray for great service and wonderful birds.
product review We purchased Buff Orpingtons, They arrived in excellent shape and were lively. I bought Buffs on the recommendation of McMurray Hatchery. I wanted people friendly chickens. They are 7 weeks old now and they are great. I hand feed at night and they follow us around in the coop. The Buffs are getting tamer everyday, if you handle them daily. I recommend McMurray and Buff Orpingtons to anyone wanting healthy and docile birds.
product review We had a mix of Buffs, Red Stars, Americaunas, and some kind of Wynadote. The Buff was by FAR the friendliest of the lot. Allowed herself to be picked up and hauled around by a toddler, would readily come running over to say "hi", great big brown egg layer, and just gorgeous to look at. She was so social, in fact, she would stare in our back window waiting for us to come outside! LOL There is certainly room at our house for more of these lovely hens.
This is the breed of chicken I started out with. They are very hearty birds. They are friendly and allow me to pick them up and pet them. Mine free range well and about 5 large brown eggs a week. The only momma hen I have ever had hatch eggs was a Buff Orpington. She was a wonderful mother! My head roosters have all been Orphingtons. They are good to their ladies, always find them the best food, and protect them. One fought off a 5 foot rattle snake to save his girls. While very protective, they have never been aggressive toward people. One always flew on my shoulder at night when I was putting them up to roost, and none go in to roost unless all of the hens are accounted for. Good breed choice!
Our Buff Orpingtons are very friendly birds. They are broody, which is a trait I was looking for, but very friendly. We have one that loves to untie our shoelaces just about every time we go into the chicken coop or the chicken run. So we make sure to hide our shoelaces under our pant legs. Great birds to have!
I have 2 different breeds that I ordered from Murray. Both are wonderful, healthy chickens, but I have a special place in my heart for my Buffs. They have the best personality, and are the most friendly out of the 2 breeds. They lay wonderful eggs and are great in hot weather or cold. I cannot say enough nice things about Murray, or my chickens.
I have ordered many times from Murray's and I have always been pleased. My buffs are my sweetest chickens. They love to eat right out of my hand and climb on my arms. I recommend these chicks for anyone who has kids or a family. They always love everybody.
Without a doubt the best chickens I have! I love my Buff Orpingtons. They are so sweet and walk right up to me, let me pick them up, and sit on my lap while I pet them. They lay large brown eggs very dependably. Usually 3-6 a week depending on age. I have a momma hen who hatched out 11 babies and has been doing a wonderful job taking care of them. My head rooster is also a Buff Orphington and he is very calm, not aggressive toward people, and does a great job protecting the flock. I would suggest anyone that wants standard chickens to get at least a few of these!
Best decision we've ever made! Thank you McMurray for 30 beautiful chickens. They are about 6 weeks old now and so much fun. This breed is so docile and just love people. It's become a routine 3 times a day to go and play with them. What a great experience. I would recommend McMurray Hatchery to anyone. This has been a life changing experience for me. Thank you!
I ordered 10 Buff's and 6 White Rocks along with several other people in a combined order. They were picked up just across the border then piggy backed to Creston, then Salmo and then we picked them up. They were already starting to get a few feathers. I was pleasantly surprised after their very long journey that they are alive and well. We haven't lost any and they are growing like little weeds. We also have a mystery chick that came with the order. I must admit it is driving me crazy as it gets its new colors. I check the catologue each day trying to figure it out!! Thinking of ordering again.
Sorry no picture just yet. However I will be posting one in a few months. I will have to say I have never ordered any chicks before. I was wondering at first how can they ever make it from Iowa to Mississippi in the dead of winter. After I let the postmaster know what was coming she said she would call me as soooon as they arrived.Well I will have to say I was very impressed with my new flock when they arrived. They all but just one looked to be in good condition considering. I will go on to say all were cold and one that probably would not have made it.It's doing just fine now after a little TLC. I forgot to say that these are by far the first I have ever had. My grandfather has had chickens ever since I can remember. We have learned how to raise them very well over the years. I guess I am just excited to try the pure Buff Orpington. THANK YOU!!!!!
I gotta say, if you're a first time chicken owner, you should definately give these guys a go! When I get my show cage out for practice my Buff Opringtons would come running and jump on top of it ready to go. They are so friendly, gorgeous, and great egg layers. I highly recommend them!
My wife and I are fairly new to raising chickens, so we had our reservations about placing an order online. Three months ago I took the chance and placed an order for 13 RIR and 13 Buff Orpingtons. Due to my work schedule (unexpected trip) I had to contact Murray McMurray Hatchery customer service to see if I could change my delivery date. The operator was more than pleasant, also willing to change the delivery date to accommodate my schedule. After the customer service rep explained when the chicks were going to be hatched and what date they “should” arrive, I left the order alone. The chicks were hatched on Saturday, arrived at the Tucson post office Sunday. One of the mail handlers called my cell phone within minutes of the chicks arriving, giving these chicks less than two days from the hatchery to my brooder. Well, I’m pleased to report that one week later (Super Bowl Sunday), we haven’t lost one chick!! My order was 13 RIR’s and 13 Buff Orp’s, Murray McMurray Hatchery also gave me an additional RIR rooster and a mystery chick, which we believe to be a Golden Laced Wyandotte. We have never raised any chicks, we are raising them in the middle of winter, and they look fantastic! So, for those of you like me, who read tons of reviews before purchasing, Murray McMurray Hatchery provides a quality chick and a pleasant customer service. Thank you John and Tammy
If you want to hatch chicks, this is the bird for you. Broody, Broody, Broody
I am very pleased with my order of 25 Buff Orpington hens. They are now mature and lay nice big brown eggs. I enjoy waking up every morning and letting them roam around my farm. They are beautiful birds! Definitely will be ordering again soon!
At first I was a little scared to order chickens through the mail, but when the post office called at 6 am today they had my 25 Buff Orpingtons and 1 free Mystery Chick waiting for pick up. When my husband brought them home they were all just fine and healthy looking. I followed the suggestions on the McMurray site, and they had no trouble finding the water and food and are bright-eyed and peeping away.I haven't identified the mystery chick yet, but he is too cute. I also ordered 25 Brown Leghorns which should be arriving next week, and I'm really glad I did, Thanks for the great experience McMurray! --Amanda G. in Oklahoma
We got our baby chicks on Friday morning early. They seem to be all happy and healthy. They are eating, drinking, and running around. My children are having a blast with them. We are very happy with our little ones.
Our babies arrived today. The post office called at 8 this morning. They are all in super shape. Eating like horses already. So sweet. We have worked so long getting the chicken villa ready, and today is a special day for us. Our Buffs will make us proud I'm sure. The Grand kids are so excited. We will order again and again.
I picked up the chicks at the post office yesterday and was very happy to find them all safe and sound. They started drinking and eating right away and are running around happily. This was my first year doing through the mail, and I'm definitely going to do it again. Thanks for such great service.
We received our first flock of baby chicks three weeks ago: 4 different bantam breeds, and seven varieties of standard egg layers. Of all the breeds, one of the Buff orps has already become my favorite. She was brave and curious from the start, and at two weeks, would want me to pick her up. Now at three weeks, as soon as I lift the top, she flies out to perch on me. And the other Buff loves to be held and petted. By far the friendliest of all the breeds we received. But we love them all, and can't wait until they have their plumage and are laying eggs.
Hi Mcmurray. Thanks so much for the fast and great service. My chickens came in excellent condtion. I ordered 10 Buff Orpingtons, and so far they are my favorite. I also ordered 8 Black Giants and 7 Australorps. They are perfect. I am a first time customer and will definitely will buy from here again. Best service I ever got from a hatchery. Thanks!
I LOVE my Buff Orpingtons! They are so sweet. One of my favorites. They are a great chicken!
I got 25 Buff Orpington hens last spring. All survived, and I am collecting around 12 beautiful, large eggs a day and am currently expecting an increase with longer days and warmer weather. I have bought Rhode Island Reds and Eastern Turkeys in the past and I am always pleased with McMurray Hatchery's products. You cant go wrong here.
Received my 30+ Buff Orpingtons two weeks ago. They are happy and healthy. However, I have a new respect for mother hens - chicks keep you busy! Karen
I recieved 28 chicks on Friday. 26 of them were Buff Orpingtons. I am very impressed. They are all very healthy. I will order again.
Last year I got a blue ribbon on my cockerel and my two pullets. I would like to thank Murray McMurray Hatchery.
Last year I got a blue ribbon on my cockerel and my two pullets. I would like to thank Murray McMurray Hatchery. Your Buyer Jacob Springmeyer
We ordered 25 straight run Buff Orphingtons for June delivery. They came in excellent shape and seven weeks later the are thriving. We love our Buffs and the service your company provided. We were so delighted with these chicks that we ordered 25 Heavy Breed cockerels for the um...freezer. They are all doing very well at least until November! Thanks McMurray's. We love our McMurray Chicks. See you next spring!
I ordered 25 Buffs and they are now 6 weeks old. I love to watch them play and run around they're chicken yard. My husband built them what I call "The Hilton" for chickens. They have plenty of room and nothing can get to them. They feel safe and are very happy chickens.
We received our 13 Buff Orpingtons a week ago and what a delight they've been! They are the little police officers among the other chicks, keeping everyone in line and making sure everything is in order.
I ordered these chicks in Febuary of this year, and they are doing so well they are happy and healthy. This is my 1st attempt at raising chickens, and they are the sweetest chickens. I have a couple that will even sit on my lap. I have 5 buffs and 5 silver laced wyandottes. The buffs are the sweetest. I would recommend them to newbies like me. Thank you McMuuray.
I have 11 buff Orphingtons and they are my favorite breed of all! They are so friendly! They always follow me around the coop I will always have this breed!
I just wanted to thanks Mcmurray hatchery for thier very great service, and a great order of bids. I ordered 45 buff orpingtons are they are growing so fast, they are only two weeks old and are 3 inches tall already!! I cant wait to see the eggs come rolling in! Thanks again mcmurray for another great order, and p.s. i will order again from you guys! Thanks alot, Dylan from Oakgrove, Al.
We ordered a variety of chicks. Some were Buff Orpingtons. We chose these because I remembered them to be very mild tempered. They hatched on Saturday afternoon, and were at our post office at noon on Sunday! We went and picked them and all chicks are vibrant and healthy. The Buff Orpingtons are the mildest mannered chicks of all the varieties we got. They stand there patiently while you reach down and pet them and pick them up. The were big, health and quickly figured out how to drink and eat.
I received my order of 25 hen and 5 rooster chicks in June. All were energetic and healthy on arrival and doing fine today. Have recommended you to all of my neighbors and will order again! Thank you!
Wow we received our chicks on Sunday. All are very healthy. They eat well already and are drinking lots of water. I am truly amazed at the quick delivery and the alertness of the babies.
Last year we ordered Narraganset and Royal Palm turkeys from you . These are stunning birds. The males are absolutely fabulous, and quite full of themselves as spring approaches. I dont know why people think these birds are small, they are vegetarian fed, free range and are huge! We cant wait until the hens begin laying so we can have fun with the chicks, and eat our older ones. Everyone compliments us on these beautiful birds, and wants some for themselves. These birds forage most of their food on their own and are a joy to care for. Their feathers are stunning and we use them for all sorts of crafts. One word of advice, get really high roosts, otherwise they end up on your roof.
These Buff Orpingtons are incredible setters! We even had one hatch a goose egg and raised the gosling too!
I bought 25 chicks last spring, 22 of which were Buff Orpingtons and they are wonderful birds. We got a lot of good meat out of them. I kept a rooster and some hens and I am very pleased with their egg laying. I am getting an egg a day from each hen. They are very docile and sweet. I just love the rooster, he is a real doll! This was my first year of raising chickens and I was very pleased with what I got. I will continue to order for years to come!
Thanks for the wonderful shipment of very lively Buff Orpingtons.They are great.
After ordering some fresh stock of Buff Orps last year; I can report that they are all doing fine.The hens just began laying on Jan 1st, 2007 with 2 eggs! out of 19 Buff Orp hens, I had 226 eggs for the 31 days of January `07! These birds are truly cold weather layers and gentle beyond compare.
Out of the 28 chickens we got in May, the Buff Orpington pullet that we ordered is the favorite of our children. She is so calm and friendly-will jump up on you if given a chance and sit there and preen herself, happy as can be. The kids honestly fight over who gets to hold her. I wish I had ordered more than one-next time around. We will definitely be back as we are so pleased with McMurray Hatchery!
We ordered many different types of chicks back in April. They all arrived happy and healthy. Out of all of them, I think my favorite is the Buff Orpington. "Aunt Bea" is by far the sweetest and most friendly of all of the chicks. She's very pretty too! I can't wait to see the eggs she will lay! Thanks for the wonderful chicks!
We bought this bird and was very satisfied.They are very good layers even through the winter.They are mild tempered and are very beautiful!THANKS!
I received my Buff Orpington chicks this past Monday and was thrilled to see what great shape the birds were all in. I didn't really know what to expect, since this was the first time I had ordered chickens through the mail, but found the process to be flawless. All chicks were in great shape and doing fine. Thanks for the predelivery advice and the easy transition of the chicks. I would recommend this to anyone. Rob
I bought 13 Buff Orpingtons they are very healthy. I will order agin.
We recieved our chicks this morning, all of them were just rearing at the bit to get out of the box. Out of the 6 different breeds we got, the buffs were by far the most energetic, almost super-charged! I also want to thank your customer service folks for the courtesy and helpfulness with our order, which we added to later and changed payment methods, all within 3 days. They were nothing but nice and understanding, beyond professional, I would say absolutely neighborly! Once again it's been a pleasure to do business with y'all and we'll be talking to you around time for Turkeys, thanks again, Tim
I had one of these littles cuties in my order, wish I had gotten more. Already as a chick it is so much more friendly than the others. I am looking forward to seeing what she is like when she is full grown. As always Murray McMurray has superior service and great chicks. Thanks!!!
I ordered 25 buff orpingtons in February of 2004. They are great layers even in cold weather. Very friendly birds. I have since added other breeds to them and they got along very quickly and easily. I am very pleased with them. Thanks so much McMurray.
What a great bird! I had received 25 chicks a few weeks ago, 5 of which were Buffs. I truly wish I would have gotten all 25 as Buffs. They are the nicest and most pleasurable bird I have ever been around. They are growing at an incredible rate, with an attitude almost to please. I can see many more in my future...I believe I have found the "perfect bird". Thanks so much for the recomendation. Regards, John J PA
I love my Buff Orpingtons! They are the sweetest chicks I have. Thanks!
I love these chicks! I have three different breeds of chicks, and the buff orpingtons are my favorite. They're all very healthy and beautiful.
Just got some chickens a couple days ago, and the Buff Orpingtons are great! They're the most curious and friendliest out of the 5 different breeds we got!! Thanks!
We just wanted to say that we ordered some Buff Orpingtons in June of 2003 and they have just started laying.They lay 2-4 eggs a day and it's nice to eat fresh eggs for breakfast.Thanks for hatching some great chicks.
I ordered some Buff Orpingtons and Araucanas. They are both very cute and my friends love them. Thanks McMurray Hatchery.
My McMurray chicks are now a week old. I recieved 25 Buff Orphingtons,5 Araucanas, 5 Light Bramas and 5 Astralorps + a rare breed chick- all are growing at an impressive rate and almost feathered. This was my first experience raising chickens and I am very happy with your product! I will recomend McMurray Hatchery to all my friends!
I am absolutely smitten with the Buff Orpingtons we got last June! They are social, gentle, prolific layers, and breath-takingly beautiful to top it all off. We get an egg just about every day from each hen, and sometimes a double-yolker! My hens are queens in our yard, and they know it.
We were very impressed with our chicks from your hatchery, I want to recommend Buff Orphingtons as great pets, much sweeter and nicer than cats!, wonderful childrens pets and they have very sweet gentle temperament.
I ordered some Buff Orpingtons last spring they are huge and very gentle. People are amazed how tame and beutiful they are when I have visitors. They are 4 months old now I can't wait until they start laying eggs.
I have purchased numerous breeds of chickens from you and of all of the nearly twenty breeds I have ever raised the Buff Orpingtons are by far the best. They are beautiful and gentle. I would recomend these birds to anyone who wishes to raise chickens.
I received 10 healthy, clean, and happy Buff Orpington chicks in my order. They adjusted well after shipment, and are growing rapidly. Thanks so much to your ladies answering the phones for all of my questions, they were always courteous and ready to help.
I have several different breeds of chickens, and of all the of them, the Buff Orpingtons are my Favorite! They are great layers, wonderful eating birds, and beautiful to look at! Not to mention sweet and curios!
I have several different breeds of chikens, and of all the of them, the Buff Orpingtons are my favorite! They are great layers, wonderful eating birds, and beautiful to look at! Not to mention sweet and curios!
I just wanted to say that I recieved 25 Buff Orpingtons and 25 Araucanas this morning. They are wonderful chicks! Thanks. Robert
Buff Orpingtons are nice, large, impressive birds, good for eating but also very nice to look at!
When my family first decided to get a home flock of chickens, our primary concern was that they did not bother the neighbors. McMurray Buff Orpingtons have proven to be quiet, docile, and non-fliers. They have done well for my kids in 4-H as well. I recommend them for anyone wanting hardy brown egg layers that won't bother even the closest neighbors.