An excellent egg layer, laying about 150 – 200 large brown eggs a year. The Orpington is a large size bird, great for quality meat. These birds are extremely friendly and cold hardy. Hens are broody and make great mothers. Orpingtons are rather sweet and docile, and may not do well in mixed breed flocks where they may be bullied by more aggressive breeds. Ideal for small farms and homesteaders. An excellent choice for beginners.