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Buff Orpington Duck - Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
Family - Anatidae
The Orpingdon is a domestic duck breed crated in the late 1800's as a dual use bird for eggs and meat. They weigh from 2.1-3.5Kg (4.6-7.7lb) with an overall light brown colouration including the bill, our ducks have a darker bill and so may not be true Orpingdons. The breed was was bred by William Cook of Orpington, Kent during a time when the vogue was for buff-coloured poultry, it was first shown in England in 1907. It is an unstable breed with three colour variations due to a blue dilution gene giving rise to Buff, Blond and Brown variants, with any or all three arising from a clutch. The Buff Orpington is a popular recognised exhibition breed. At one time there was also a Blue Orpingdon which is now considered extinct, it was an overall dark blue.
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