, also commonly referred to and originally known as Buff Orpington Ducks
, were developed by a breeder in Orpington, Kent, England by the name of William Cook. He developed the breed using many other common varieties of domestic ducks to produce a bird with the buff colored plumage, a color that was increasingly popular in the late 19th century. The duck was first introduced into the American Poultry Associations
The Buff Duck
is in the Medium Weight Class of domestic waterfowl and can reach weights between 7 and 8 pounds. This breed of duck has a medium bill length on an oval head with a long, curved neck. Buff Ducks
have buff colored plumage as their name would indicate, as well as orangish yellow shanks and brown eyes. Their wings are short and they have long and nicely curved tail feathers.
The light colored pin feathers of the Buff Orpington Duck
do not leave a dark trace on the carcass when plucked, making this a very nice looking meat bird when processed. Though they do not grow as quickly as the Pekin Duck
, the Buff Duck
can be ready for market in 8-10 weeks. Buff Orpington Ducks
can also lay between 150-220 eggs per year. This breeds' excellent dual purpose qualities along with it's pleasant disposition and beautiful buff colored plumage make an excellent addition to any flock of any size.