The Orloff Chicken has never been popular in this country, possibly because the standard is for a gloomy and vindictive expression. However they are a good hardy breed that sometimes take to laying in the winter months which makes them very useful. Although they are officially classed as originating from Russia there is much to indicate they originated in Persia (Iran) in the Gilan Province area where it was known as the Chilianskaia, and were then developed in Russia and named after Count Orloff Techmanski before coming to Britain in the 1920’s. Probable breeds used in their makeup include the Malay or Belgian game and a bearded European Spangled breed.
Characteristics: The Orloff Chicken 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.
- Standard Weights: Cock-8 pounds; hen-6-1/2 pounds; cockerel-7-1/2 pounds; pullet-5-1/2 pounds.
- Egg Shell Color: Tinted
- Use: Egg and Meat Producer
- Origin: Russia
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.