Bantam Orpingtons were created in the late 1800s not by William Cook but by a man from Germany, Herman Kuhn. He first exhibited them in 1900. They have had a waning existence ever since. Bantam Orpingtons were accepted into the British Standard in 1952. In 1960, the APA accepted Bantam Orpingtons in the same four color varieties that existed in Large Fowl: Blue, Black, Buff, and White.
The Bantam Orpington standard says they should be identical versions of the Large Fowl Orpington, only 1/4 the size. They lay a small to medium cream colored egg. They should reflect the docile nature of the Large Fowl Orpington. Bantam Orpingtons are very rare and can be difficult to find good stock for breeding and improvement.
We have been working with Bantam Orpingtons since 2019. We currently raise the Black variety.