Spangled Russian Orloff
Available to order for spring 2012
Get on the list early!!
These interesting birds are on
the ALBC Critical list defined
by ALBC as:

"Critical:  Fewer than 200
annual registrations in the
United States and estimated
global population less than

They are one of the most
entertaining birds we have!
The Russian Orloff originated from Iran and spread across europe in the 17th century. These early
birds were referred to as "Chlianskaia". The Orloff as known today got its present name from a russian
count Alexey Grigoryevich Orlov, who had helped refine the breed improving its laying abilities and
promoted it throughout western europe and the U.S.

The Orloff is a tall with an upright stance and a top-heavy appearance. It has thick feathers, abundant
saddle feathers and short sickle feathers leading to an upright erect tail. Standing on relatively short
yellow legs.  
The head, with its striking feature has a walnut/split raspberry comb, a red face with tiny wattles, with
full muffing and a long beard.  The beak should be dark and well curved. Eyes are bright and bay with
heavy lids giving this breed a diminitive look.
The neck will be thickly feathered and well arched.
Because of its facial features this breed is very hardy in cold conditions and hens are not unknown to
lay throughout the winter.  The Russian Orloff chicken males should weigh 8.5 lbs and the females 6.5

Color Variety: Red; White; and Spangled. The once popular Black variety is seldom seen anymore. At
least three other color varieties of Russian Orloff have existed: Mottled; Black Breasted Red
(Wheaten); and Buff. The British Standard lists four varieties of this breed: Black; Mahogany;
Spangled; and White.

The chief distinction of the Russian Orloff chicken, besides its looks, is the extreme hardiness of the
breed. This is a breed that will tolerate cold and foul weather and survive when other breeds cannot.
Russian Orloffs are layers of light brown eggs. They are classified as non-broody and are noted to be
calm in temperament. They were primarily favored for meat production.
These birds are a calm
and friendly breed and
just plain fun to have
These amazing birds love to run everywhere they go!
You can't help but love them.......
With a face like that who wouldn't!