Jubilee Orpington


Plumage: Bright Mahogany, not dark or Maroon in shade.

Neck hackle: Mahogany, with black stripe and white tip; the shaft
Mahogany, of the same shade as the feather.

Saddle Hackle: To match neck hackle.

Back: To follow neck and saddle.

Breast: Mahogany, with black spangle and white tip; the three colours
well broken and showing in equal proportions, avoiding a ticked effect
or a blotchy effect.

Wing-Bow: To follow hackle.

Wing Bar: Black. Secondaries, Mahogany, Black and White.

Flights: As Wing Bars but more White. Sickles, White; or Black and
White, or Mahogany, Black and White.

Coverts: Black, edged with Mahogany and White tips.


Head and Neck:
to match cockerel

Body, Breast and Back: Mahogany, with Black spangles and White
tips; the shaft Mahogany, of the same shade as feather.

The three colors well broken and showing in equal proportions and the
effect to be uniform throughout.

Wings: as cockerel

Tail: as cockerel
The Jubilee Orpington was named to mark the 1897 Diamond
Jubilee of Queen Victoria.   It was first introduced by  William Cook’s
family.   Originaly believed to be a cross between Spangled Old
English Game , Dorkings and Buff Orpingtons but some believe
there has been a strong influence from the Speckled Sussex.  

They should have a mahogany ground color with black spangles
with white tips, white shanks and feet and red eyes.

Although this color has been around for many years in England it
was just recently introduced into the  United States by Greenfire

These stunning birds are good layers and add real beauty to the
Orpington flock.
Gisbrecht's  Imported Jubilee Orpingtons
Our own Jubilee line Imported from England in 2012
GreenFire Farms Bloodline
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Jubilee Orpington
Greenfire 2011
We Imported in 2012
Marc Sacre
Not recognized by APA
Variety information:
Virtually no leg feathering, could still show up from time to time as with
all imported orps.
 These are very large fluffy birds.
What to expect in breeding:
This variety breeds true and are exceptional quality and an all time
favorite.  Chicks are healthy and robust.
Release Date - 2011
Egg Laying - Fertility -Good,150-180 eggs per year.  Can be Broody - Peak
laying is between 8-18 months, once hens reach 2 years old longer intervals
between laying after molt could be expected
Mottled Orpington with red bleed through
Jubilee Orpington
Compared side by side it is pretty visible that they are not the same color pattern.  
The Jubilee has a mahogany ground color where the red factored mottled orp has
a black ground color.  
Red factored Mottled Orpingtons (mottled with red bleed
are not Jubilees.  

Using them in the Jubilee breeding pen will darken the base color of
the Jubilee  much like the cockerel on the right of the picture here
and the rooster below.  There is an obvious visible and genetic
difference.  Jubilee Orpingtons are a mahogany base color, Mottled
Orpingtons are black base.

It is a little difficult to tell if not compared side by side.  Once bred
into the
Jubilee pen it will  take generations to get back to the
original Jubilee color pattern and away from the black base of
Mottled Orpington. If crossed more than once in a three year
period the Jubilee color/pattern could be lost permanently (
Similar to
the issues presenting in the Mottled Orpingtons.

Ask the breeder before you purchase Jubilees if they have been
crossed with Mottled Orpingtons.

Although both varieties are beautiful we wouldn't recommend
crossing one with the other.  
The cockerel to the left was unknowingly sold to us as a Jubilee.  The
person selling him honestly believed they are the same, but they are not.
About the Mottled/Jubilee Orpington cross, know which one you are buying ? ........
Jubilee Rooster
Red Factored Mottled Orpington
(Mottled Orp crossed to Jubilee)
The rooster on the right is NOT a
Jubilee and should not be used in the
Jubilee breeding pen.   The Jubilee
was many years in the making and
many more years to arrive in the

After being here for only a few short
years they run the risk of being lost.  
They are incredibly beautiful birds and
should only be bred within the Jubilee
breed it's self.  
If an out cross is necessary for gene
diversity crossing to a Mottled
Orpington once every 3-5 years is
acceptable but should
never be done
any more than that.

Any resulting black and white chicks
from this cross should not be sold as
Jubilees or Mottled Orps as they are
Our Jubilees have never been crossed to Mottled Orpingtons or vice versa