Russian Spangled Orloff
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. Males generally weigh 3.6 kilos (8 pounds), and hens weigh 3 kilos (6.5 pounds). Orloffs are primarily suited to meat production, but hens are reasonable layers of light brown eggs.
They have a pleasant demeanor, well known for an even temperament, they are known to be very calm birds.
Orloffs were first introduced to Great Britain in the 1920s, and were also refined a good deal in Germany. The breed was once included in the American Poultry Association, the Standard of Perfection, but it was removed due a lack of interest from breeders.
In the 21st century, the Orloff remains a rare breed. The Livestock Conservancy lists the breed as critically endangered. Recognized as one of the founding breeds in America, it’s presence is known from about 1700.