We are pleased to announce that we have recently acquired a juvenile rooster directly from Heirloom Orpingtons and Marc Sacre. This addition to our Jubilee Orpington flock ensures that we have some of the greatest diversity, and unsurpassed genetics, of any Jubilees in America. We are able to offer these magnificent Orpingtons from Greenfire, Fancychick (Gisbrecht), and now Marc Sacre genetics. This is the Triple-Crown of UK imported Orpingtons. If you are interested in reading more about the Jubilee Orpington, you can find more information on our Jubilee page here. For inquiries about future egg and chick availability, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our Store.
One look at these chickens and it will be easy to see why they were created for the Royal Family. The Jubilee Orpington is a magnificent work of artisanal poultry husbandry.
Born in the late 1800’s of both American and Asian ancestry, the Orpington was created by William Cook in the breed’s namesake town, Orpington, England. Mr. Cook’s goal was to create a hardy breed that would be a top-shelf egg producer and a fine table bird, exhibiting the white skin favored by the English. Unlike many poultry breeders, Mr. Cook was successful. He was able to instill excellent productivity qualities, fast growth, and fine flavors into a single bird. Even today, Orpingtons enjoy a following rarely duplicated by any other breed, especially a dual-purpose breed like the Orpington.
The Jubilee variety was created by Mr. Cook to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Victoria in 1897. A flock of Jubilees were given to the queen and maintained by royal household for many years. We have long desired to have a premium line of Jubilees here at Sunbird Farms, and we felt it especially fitting to obtain these delightful creatures following the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Could there be a better time in history? We think not. While we have raised Orpingtons before (bantam Chocolates), we waited a long time to finally launch a Jubilee flock and we couldn’t be more delighted. We have obtained birds from two 100% imported UK lines, including Greenfire and Gisbrecht.
According to Greenfire Farms, some experts distinguish between the “jubilee” and the “diamond jubilee,” with the jubilee birds having a darker mahogany coloring and the “diamond jubilee” variety exhibiting more of a “ginger” coloring. We have breeders of both colorings.
We are thrilled to have the wonderful birds roaming free here on our farm and look forward to sharing them with our friends and family in the coming months. Jubilees typically don’t obtain their true, full coloring until about 18 months of age, so stay tuned for more beautiful updates.
Sunbird Farms is a CA certified NPIP operation: CA-410; a member of the Livestock Breed Conservancy and the Royal Breeds Survival Trust in the UK.