Pros: Very sweet temperament, lovely color, great layers

Cons: Can't think of any

I will start by saying that I love Australorps. In fact, my very favorite hen is an Australorp. She is such a sweet chicken and just let's you walk right up to her to pick her up. She doesn't run or anything. Sometimes she even comes up to me and acts like she wants to be petted. I love their deep black color with a greenish sheen and how they are built. They are also great layers. There was actually once a laying record record set when a hen laid 364 eggs in 365 days. If you are looking for friendly laying hens, these should be a top choice. 


Pros: Great layers, great with other birds, very human friendly, nice to look at, hardy, long term layers

Cons: Limited color availability in the US

What can I say about these birds?

They are simply every chicken keepers go-to breed. They are very hardy in both cold and hot weather (being in south central KY, we can get temps around 100 with humidity way up there and winter nights down in the single digits with wind chill and snow). Amazing layers of XXXLarge brown eggs, they're the type of layers that won't let you down. They are also very attractive birds - a lovely shape, HUGE dark eyes, big combs/wattles, and a glorious black color with primarily green sheen with blue and purple also. They're also big birds, I'd assume good for processing though I don't do that with my pets!


They are incredibly friendly, not to mention they are great with other birds. They take up for themselves VERY well but are also in my experience one of the most bird-friendly breeds I've had in my flock. They don't crave human contact but they definitely have personalities and enjoy your company. I believe birds that were hand raised would probably crave human contact like my others.


My hen was purchased from the Amish and raised around some fairly bird aggressive breeds (RIR, sex links, poor quality Wyandottes) but even so, she is the best head hen I could ever ask for. She deals out punishment with an iron clad fist but is happy to sit back and enjoy life with 0% aggression when she can. She gets along well from every bird from my Faverolle to my EE's to the Langshan without any problem whatsoever.


At 5 years old, my baby girl Tau'i was still laying and still the head hen to this day. It will be a sad day when she leaves us, but I will make sure there is always at least one Australorp in our flock!


ETA: Tau'i just passed a week ago due to internal laying/ovarian cancer. We are terribly upset that she's gone after being with us for 6 years... but she left many good memories and I still miss seeing the "bird with no eyes" out there in the coop.





Pros: Hardy, large, prolific layers, lots of meat, quiet, good tempered

Cons: Personality can also be skittish/aloof.

The Australorp is my favorite breed.  They are beautiful with their large combs and regal mantles of black feathers that flash brilliant metallic green in the sun. They are also one of the most flexible breeds you can get for whatever set up you desire. 


These are large heavy chickens that are good all-purpose birds and good for beginner chicken owners. If you want eggs, meat, or pets, this is an excellent breed to pick. I've used them for all three. They are a popular favorite here in the Pacific Northwest as they don't seem to mind the constant rain and mud very much.


Their personalities range from very friendly to aloof. They can be big snuggly lap chickens, or they will regally patrol your farm at a distance from you. They often continue to lay through the winter. They will not disappoint on meat! 


I highly recommend including these in your flock. 


Pros: Beautiful, smart and a gentle temperment

Cons: none I'm aware of

We started our first flock in October and I originally wanted to have an entire flock of Australorp's, but couldn't find any. I was thrilled to finally find one locally and just LOVE her! She was 8 weeks old when we purchased her. We have a small flock of 5 because we are in the city, but our Australorp, "Patty" is a favorite. Sweet and gentle in every way, she allows my 4 year old son to come right up to her and pick her up. Patty is calm and quiet, and is as easy going as they come. She goes along with the flock, but doesn't get picked on either. Patty will even patiently wait for her treats so as not to create a commotion. I think she is just gorgeous too, we have nicknamed her "Black Beauty"-- I think she likes it because she will come to either name :D. I love that she is all black, even her legs, but has white toenails. One of our bravest girls, she is usually the first to step up to try new foods we offer while the others are still looking it over, deciding if its food or not.
I highly recommend this breed!


Pros: very friendly, very beautiful, great personalities

Cons: Cannot think of a single one

We have 10 Australorps, 7 girls and 3 boys. They are very friendly and have great personalities. They will walk with us in the garden and do not bother our plants at all. They will come running when they see us step outside and love getting treats. They tend to look out for each other and stay together for the most part.
They also have the most beautiful green sheen to them. One of our favorite thing to do is go out and just watch them interact with each other and listen to all the peacefull noises they make. They do not get very loud at all. I have to really listen closely to hear any of the boys in the morning from the house. I truely cannot think of a better breed to start your flock with. They even get along with our 5yr old. smile.png


Pros: egg quantity, size, temperment, plumage

Cons: none

Of my breeds these are my favorites. (I have plymoth rock, australorp, production, and arucanas)  Australorps are my best producers, are intellegent, friendly, not too passive or agressive and even manage to keep their plumage in better condition than the rest.


Pros: Good layers, pretty birds, friendly

Cons: Nothing really

Love these birds. Honestly, I think they are perfect for beginners, or anyone really. They are friendly, pretty, and lay a fair amount off eggs. Australorps seem to be a favourite among many chicken lovers. I can see why because they really are awesome birds!


Hope that helps,


Pros: Lays good-size eggs, lays often, very sweet, nice to other hens.

Cons: They'll grow old, eventually.

I have a roo and two hens of this breed. They are very sweet chickens.


My roo crows a lot, but I haven't seen him attack any chickens nor do any of them have peck marks. He doesn't like it, but he tolerates being picked up and being moved out of the way. Not once has he even attempted to hurt me. He also is good at protecting warning the chickens when he thinks something is coming. He also keeps the girls near him when they are outside as well as inform them when snacks come.


The hens are shy, but very sweet. They lay nice, and large brown eggs. Not much to say about them, other then they are great at laying and are they tolerate me, the roo, and all the other hens.


Pros: Nice eggs, beautiful birds

Cons: Standoffish, not very friendly

We have 3 Australorp's that we got as day old chicks back in April of this year along with some Speckled Sussex, Red Stars, and Barred Rocks. Now that these girls are almost 5 month's old, some of them are beginning to lay. The Australorp's are giving us some very nice eggs so no complaints about their laying. However, I expected more from them in terms of friendliness and personality after reading so much about them. These 3 girls were handled as much as all the other breeds (which was a lot!) and today fall in the middle of the pecking order but they are "clannish" and prefer each other's company to any other bird or human. If we try to pet them, they back off. They do not like to be touched at all, let alone picked up. Although they are generally quiet birds, they can be very loud when we try to handle them. They are gorgeous birds and the eggs are nice but for personality and human-friendliness, I prefer some of the other breeds.


Updated 10-10-15: We no longer have any BA's. One died from internal laying issues a few months ago. Of the 2 that remained, 1 became a terrible bully to some of the meeker girls in the flock (feather pulling, attacking them when they weren't looking and chasing them from the feeders). The 3rd BA became a very determined broody but since I can't increase the size of my flock at this time, her broodiness wasn't a plus for us. These girls have been re-homed to a friend familiar with their behavior and who needed a broody for her flock. The birds in my flock are so much calmer, life is quiet in the coop and everyone (including me) is much happier without them!


Pros: Very docile, pretty, calm

Cons: Not much

I have 11 Australorp hens on my farm and they are dedicated egg layers.   They remain calm and allow me to touch them without much fuss.   4 of my girls are in a run with a Speckled Sussex hen and they 'growl' at me when I come in...not in anger but rather as a way of 'talking'.   It's kind of cute and always draws comments from the kids who come out to tour my place.   I would definitely get more of these birds!


The Australorp Breed was developed in Australia at the end of the nineteenth century with Black Orpington stock from England. The breed also has genes from Rhode Island Red, White Leghorn, Langshan and Minorca crosses. The purpose of the breed was as a “utility” chicken for both high egg production and meat. It was originally known as the Black Utility Orpingtons. The breed was standardized after World War One and admitted to the Standard of Perfection in 1929 in England under the fitting name Australorp. By the end of World War Two, Australian poultry breeders wrote up their own breed standards, which have been accepted worldwide. Historically, Australorps have been egg-laying champions: an Australorp hen once laid 364 eggs in 365 days. They are an exceptionally beautiful bird, quite big, with black glossy feathers that have a green sheen and huge black soulful eyes. added:6th March 2013. Another fowl used in the make-up of the Australorp in Australia was Black Sports Plymouth Rocks. The first Australorps imported into the USA from Australia was by Mr. D Goddard, Gardena, California in April 1924. His trading name was "Australian Poultry Yards".

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityHigh
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesBlack, Blue and White are also recognised in the Australian Poultry Standards
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassEnglish
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: Brown

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Shy,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Black, Blue & White (rare)

Breed Details:

I find Australorps to be very easy going chickens. They are friendly, quiet and very good egg layers, laying as many as 300 eggs a year. They do well with other breeds and weather the winter months well. Two of my girls went broody at the same time and sat in the same nest together, taking turns giving each other a break to eat and drink. They even sat on other chickens