The Lavener Orpington is not a recognized standard breed, but many love their color and they are just as docile as other Orpingtons.
When breeding Lavender, it is important to breed the line back to Black every couple of years. You will need either a Black Orpington rooster or hen, it doesn’t matter. What really matters is, you want an excellent example of an Orpington body and feather type. It’s really the feathers that need the help. You want to pay particular attention to the Black Orpingtons feathers, they must be as wide as possible.
You will breed your best Lavender with your Black Orpington. All of these chicks will be splits(bird that is already carrying one Lav gene). If you are lucky enough to have used a split for this first breeding, you will end up with some Lavender chicks. This is both good and not so good. On one hand, your program will go much quicker, but on the other hand, you would get a much better result from using a “true” Black Orpington.
You will breed the offspring together, yes, that’s brothers and sisters. As soon as you hatch these eggs, you will be able to tell the color of the Lavender, they will have greyish down. These are your new Lavenders and will have excellent feather qualities!! You should get 25% Lavender chicks from this breeding.
From here you have a few options. One, you could breed your new Lavenders back to the original Lavender, or two, you could do 2 sets of this program and have separate lines to work with. Either way is okay, but having 2 separate blood lines to work with is always better.
Then, you get to do it all over again. Good news though, you already have split Blacks from the first time you did this, so that eliminates quite a bit of time and effort to maintain your beautiful color!!