- Lavender Orpington Chicken
The Lavender Orpington chickens is a large chicken with a upright stance and medium-sized single comb. They are a cold hearty and have full and fluffy plumage. Though they are not recognized by the APA they are a rare variety to add to your flock. They are a fair egg layer of medium to large size light brown eggs. Therefore making them a better choice for someone interested more so in their uniqueness. They are super docile and great with children, making them one of the best options for your backyard flock.
The lavender gene is different than the blue gene in genetics in that it will produce consistent lavender color in all the offspring. The "lavender" gene (lav) in the chicken causes the dilution of both black and red/brown pigments, so according to color background, dilution due to "lavender" gives a sort of plumage color patterns: On an extended background, this condition causes the entire surface of the body an even shade of light slaty blue, which is the typical phenotype known as '"self-blue"'.
Lavender Orpington Projected Availability
PLEASE NOTE: This availability chart is updated periodically and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
We schedule all orders to ship ASAP when the entire order is available. If you would like to delay your order, you can specify your delay date at checkout.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Poultry Show Class: English Class
- Weights: Hen-----8 lbs Rooster------10 lbs
Pullet---7 lbs Cockerel----8 1/2 lbs
- Purpose: Dual Egg Laying and meat; Exhibition
- Egg Shell Color: Brown
- Egg Production: 150+ eggs per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
- Egg Size: Medium
- Temperament: Docile
- Fertility Percentage: 65-80%
- Broody: Setter
- Mating Ratio: 5 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
- Country of Origin: England
- APA: No
- ALBC: Recovering Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed
- BREEDER FARM SOURCE: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline or strain of Lavender Orpington since 2017.
Very Pretty Chickens Review by Jonathan
Bought 4 female sexed Lav Orps and received 5. One died for unknown reasons as a chick and the other 4 were fine. They grew very fast laid their first eggs at the right time. They do not like to be picked up and are more scared of us compared to the other breeds I keep with them. They lay eggs consistently and get along with all the other hens. They are the fluffiest of all my chickens so far.
My flock is 17 chickens right now. ISA Brown, Astralorp, Black Sexlink, Amberlink, and Lavender Orpington. (Posted on 11/22/2019)
Lavender Orpington Chickens Review by Marie
I was excited to purchase the lavender Orpington pullets. We aren’t allowed roosters in our community so I was thrilled to know I could get females. They grew up fast and beautiful. They are slightly larger and heavier than the buff and more feathers. They are very stout and beautiful to watch. Mine love to be held and are a great pet. They all know their names. Some better than others. I would definitely recommend adding them to your flock.
(Posted on 11/18/2019)
Thanks Review by joe
I have long been a fan of the Buffs
as they are prolific layers, as well hearty birds.
I was very taken by the Lavenders when
I saw them in your catalogue and thought
I'd given them a try. The flock is roughly
about three months of age, have
their own characters, and as they are
more like pets; enjoyable to be around.
My youngest son, my wife, as well as
the neighbor kids all enjoy them.
I would recommend anyone interested
in adding this beautiful color to your flock
to go for it. They will not disappoint.
(Posted on 11/8/2019)
So sorry Review by Jackie from Cackle Hatchery
Sorry to hear about your Orpingtons. I lost my Cinnamon Queens to the same thing. And yes they do just kill for the thrill. So sad. (Posted on 11/8/2019)
Review of Lavender Orpington Review by Tammi
Great chickens, they grew well and are beautiful. A wonderful addition to the flock and are easy to identify because of their beautiful gray feathers. Do not enjoy being picked up though! (Posted on 11/5/2019)
Interesting Review by Terry
All I have left are pictures of the Orpington's I purchased....the Raccoons ate them all, plus most of the other ones...I think I have 3 of the original batch I purchased from you. Actually, Coons didn't "eat" them, they murdered them solely for the thrill. A valuable lesson was learned on this hobby farm - Chickens must be kept in a vault like pen, which we now have! (Posted on 11/4/2019)
Awesome birds! Review by Kimberly
Love my lavender Orpingtons. They are beautiful to watch, funny and bold getting along with others in the flock. Great addition. (Posted on 11/4/2019)
Stunning breed Review by Tori
I ordered 3 straight run Lavenders hoping for at least 1 female. I received 5 and was ecstatic that my chances of receiving a female were increased. Unfortunately they were all males. I had to re-home 4 of them but I kept 1 because I couldn’t part with such a beautiful specimen of a bird. Y’all. He is huge. He is stately. He is stunning. I highly recommend Cackle Hatchery’s Lavenders if you are interested in a quality bred bird. He is the first bird people notice when they see my chickens. He is not aggressive and minds his own business when I’m in the coop. I can’t get him to eat out of my hand yet, but we’re working on it. Of the other roosters I re-homed, I have had the new owners reach out to me to tell me how beautiful their roosters are too! Excellent and stunningly beautiful. (Posted on 11/4/2019)
Lavender Orpington Chickens Review by Kathryn
The chicks got to us healthy and vital, no losses. They are a friendly and alert breed, easy keepers that lay large tan or beige eggs (Posted on 11/4/2019)
Thanks Review by Lavender Orpingtons
I love my lavender Orpingtons! They are beautiful and sweet. A beautiful addition to my flock! (Posted on 11/2/2019)
Love them! Review by Gayle
I have two Lavender Orpington hens and one rooster that I purchased from Cackle Hatchery in February. They are absolutely beautiful! All of my friends love them, and so do I! They are a solid grayish lavender color and and just lovely. And like most Orpingtons they are very calm and have a great "personality". My lavender boy is so beautiful that I can't describe him. The pictures do not do them justice. I plan to get more next time I order baby chicks. If you want large, sweet, beautiful chickens, I highly suggest that you take a look at them. And as always, Cackle Hatchery is the best!!! (Posted on 11/1/2019)
Beautiful! Review by Andrea
These chickens are beautiful! (Posted on 10/31/2019)