The Orpington was originally created in 1886 by William Cook in the village of Orpington in Kent, UK as a dual-purpose utility breed but its popularity as a show bird has removed many of these original utility traits.

Over the years they were thought to have been out-crossed to other breeds to increase the amount of feathering that make them look distinctively large.  The large size and docile nature of the Orpington has made them a very popular bird to keep.