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Russian Orloff Chickens

Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 02:07 PM Karen Hood

The Orloff is a breed of chicken named after Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov, a Russian Count. Reflecting this origin, it is sometimes called the Russian Orloff or simply Russian. For most of its history, the Orloff was considered to be a product of Russia, but modern research has discovered that the breed first appeared in Persia and was distributed across Europe and Asia by the 17th century. However, Count Orlov was a key promoter of the breed in the 19th century, and the breed became known in the West following his efforts. Orloffs were first introduced to Great Britain in the 1920s. In the 21st century, the Orloff remains a rare breed in the United States. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy lists the breed as critically endangered.

The Orloff is a tall, well-feathered chicken with a somewhat game-like appearance. The head and neck are very thickly feathered. They appear in several recognized color varieties: Black, White, Spangled, Black-tailed Red, Mahogany, and Cuckoo. Their plumage, combined with their tiny walnut comb, small earlobes and minuscule wattles, makes the Orloff a very cold hardy breed. Orloffs are primarily suited to meat production, but hens are reasonable layers of light brown eggs and do not usually go broody. In general temperament, they are known to be relatively calm birds.

The Russian Orloff is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm.


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