I have fallen in love with orpingtons. At this point i have over 20 colors of orpingtons. Take some time to enjoy their beauty and fall in love with your favorite color of orpington. This breed started out with black, white, buff, blue and splash. Their story began in 1886 when William Cook created them by crossing Minocras, Langshan,s and Plymouth Rocks. He was searching for a bird that could hide the dirt and soot of London. At this point, most of my orpingtons are English in heritage. They are quite large birds with hens weighing 7-10 lbs and laying up to 200 large light brown eggs per year. Roosters usually weigh 10-14 lbs.