Crele Orpington Chickens

OVERVIEW

blankThis is our favourite Orpington colour!

We have sourced crele Orpington’s from the few private flocks across the country and through strict selection of offspring we now have a very strong group in this colour.

We had a very successful season in 2013 consolidating this colour ,as well as acquiring the breeding group from Leon Haylock at LPH poultry. This was another top quality group, and I believe we now have the largest breeding group in the country.

We will run three groups this year to make sure fertility is good and hopefully this wonderful colour can be consolidated across the country!!!

Buy Crele Orpington Chicken eggs and birds

Crele orpington hatching eggs
1 x Crele hatching egg laid by our own hens.

Crele orpington birds for sale (reservation fee)
These Crele orpington birds have been hand reared at our Essex orpingtons farm. Please see 'Birds for sale' page for this seasons prices before paying the deposit.

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..

Crele Orpington Chicken Photos

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Further information

Crele orpingtons were first created in Denmark form partridge and cuckoo parentage.This colour was introduced to the Uk by David Pownall, but most examples have now been diluted by poor breeding. My group however have received very favourable comments from some of the country’s top breeders, including David Pownall who now no longer runs the colour himself.

COCKEREL PLUMAGE: Barred very light grey and black in all sections. Incorporation of shiny red bars at the head, neck, back and wing-coverts as well as brown bars on the secondaries.

HEAD: Pale golden, finely barred with orange red.
NECK: Hackle — pale straw, finely barred with orange red, to match saddle. Front of Neck — dark gray and white barred.
BACK: Pale straw, barred with orange red.
SADDLE: Pale straw, finely barred with orange red, to match hackle.
TAIL: Main Tail — wide, alternate bars of dark gray and white. Sickles and Lesser Sickles — wide, alternate bars of dark gray and white. Coverts — gray and white barred with some gray and orange red barring as they approach the saddle.
WINGS: Shoulders & Fronts — dark gray and white barred. Bows — pale straw, barred with orange red. Coverts — dark gray and white barred, forming two distinct bars across wings. Primaries — dark gray and white barred, intermixed with bay. Secondaries — dark gray and white barred, intermixed with bay.
BREAST: Dark gray and white barred.
BODY & STERN: Body — dark gray and white barred. Stern — fluff, irregular and indistinct gray and white barring.
LOWER THIGHS: Indistinctly gray and white barred.
UNDERCOLOR: Light slate in all sections

HEN PLUMAGE: Barred very light gray and black in all sections. At the black bars there are small brown spots which are absentees at the tail, primaries of the wings and on the lower part of the secondaries rachis. At the head and neck appears brown golden bars

HEAD: Pale gold, slightly barred with grayish brown.
NECK: Hackle — pale golden, irregularly mottled with grayish brown. Front of Neck — salmon.
BACK & CUSHION: Dark slaty gray brown, with indistinct broad, soft, smokey barrings, the individual feather showing paler shaft and slightly paler lacing.
TAIL: Dark gray black, with some indication of lighter broad bars, top feathers stippled with bay. Coverts — same as back.
WINGS: Shoulders, Fronts & Bows — same as back. Coverts — same as back except that feathers from two distinct bars across wings. Primaries — dark gray and white barred, intermixed with bay. Secondaries — dark gray and white barred, upper web forming wing bay, stippled with chestnut.
BREAST: Salmon, shading to ashy gray as it blends into body.
BODY & STERN: Body — ashy gray, except at sides where surface color blends into that of back and wings. Stern — fluff, irregular and indistinct ashy gray barred.
UNDERCOLOR: Light slate in all sections

Defects
Irregularity in barring is not to be considered a defect — The dark and light bars should stop short of pure white or black — Lacing and Feathers — Solid white feathers in primaries — White in main sickles.