Chocolate Orpington Chickens


chocolateChocolate is not a standard colour but the requirements are that plumage,legs,beak and eyes are all chocolate

Our Chocolate Orpington chicken breeding group has been developed by ourselves from birds purchased from Ramsley Orpingtons in 2011. Over the last four years we have been constantly outcrossing to blacks to create the beautiful birds we have today.

These birds are now comparable to the size and type of the blacks.Every year we run two groups of Chocolates,one Choc x Choc to produce all Chocolates,and another which we cross back to Blacks to continue the improvements whilst creating a new bloodline.

Buy Chocolate Orpington Chickens that we have for sale

Please note: to purchase cockerels or breeding groups please contact us to discuss availability via our contact form.

Chocolate Orpington hatching eggs ( £2.50 each ) (Price: £2.50)
1 x Chocolate hatching egg laid by our own hens.

Chocolate Orpington pullets for sale (Price: £5.00)
These Chocolate Orpington pullets (pullet is a female under 18 weeks old) have been bred from our own flock and hand reared at our Essex Orpingtons farm.

Reserve by paying a £5 deposit per bird. Simply add birds to the cart and then checkout. We will then contact you regarding collection / further payment / courier services via email, phone etc..

Chocolate Orpington Chicken Photos

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Further information

The Chocolate colour gene was originally discovered by Dr W.C Carefoot in 1994 and only to be found in bantams.Chocolate largefowl Orpingtons are the result of a a breeding project undertaken by Rob and Anita Ramsley, who after crossing bantam to largefowl spent four years outcrossing with David Pownall Black Orpingtons to improve the size. All their hard work was realised when they gained success at the national and federation poultry shows during 2011. It is a rare Sex-Linked Recessive gene that is basically a dilution of black pigment. This means that out of a pair of genes, the female will be chocolate with just one copy of the gene but the male requires two copies of the choc gene to look chocolate. This also means that black males can look black, but can be carrying one copy of the chocolate gene which can be passed to his prodgeny.

The Chocolate gene :

  • Chocolate Male X Chocolate Female = 100% Chocolate
  • Black Male X Chocolate Female = 50% Black Males carrying Chocolate, 50% Black Females
  • Chocolate Male X Black Female = 50% Black Males carrying Chocolate, 50% Chocolate Females
  • Black Male carrying Chocolate X Chocolate Female = 25% Chocolate Males, 25% Black Males carrying Chocolate, 25% Chocolate Females, 25% Black Females
  • Black Male carrying Chocolate X Black Female = 25% Black Males carrying Chocolate, 25% Black Males, 25% Chocolate Females, 25% Black Females.