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Australorp Reviews

Positive Reviews

chickenman98

Very friendly chickens, good layers, and beautiful

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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. 
ChickenWisperer

Amazing birds!

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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...
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Ibicella

Kings in Black

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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...
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Negative Reviews

NorthFLChick

Good Chickens, Not Great with People

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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...
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nvdirtfreak

I must've gotten from a bad breeder?

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Pros: Beautiful to look at

Cons: Not good layers, extremely aggressive, the rest of my flock avoids them like the plague!

I'm not sure what went wrong with my Australorps, and I was surprised to see how highly they are rated. My Australorps are the meanest chickens and by far the worse layers I have. I bought 11 chickens of 4 different breeds in May of this year (2 Australorps, 2 RIRs, 2 Gold Sexlinks, and 5 Ameraucanas - 1 of which turned out to be a rooster), and the Australorps bully the rest of the flock to the point that I am now having to separate them. I have been getting an egg per day from all four of my RIRs and GSLs since they began laying around 18 weeks, however I have only gotten MAYBE 6 very small eggs total from my Australorps (they were also the last to start laying). When my Australorps...
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orpington13

Egg Eater

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Pros: Nice-sized Eggs

Cons: Eats the Nice-sized eggs, Shy

Was a Good Hen when It Came to Laying, BUT she ate the other Hen's eggs. Also taught another one how to drink the egg yolk. Very shy especially when it came to snack time. So we let our friend have her.

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aggielady

They've got it all!

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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...
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hairlesshorse

I can't think of a better bird

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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...
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ehecatl

My favorite breed on all counts

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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.
Mr MKK FARMS

The Australorp

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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,
GimmeCake

Great chickens!

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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.
Rhonda0115

Great Birds!

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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!
kjxoxo1

The Best

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Pros: Great egg layers and very docile...curious personality

I love my Australorps!! Best decision I could have made. I get an egg a day!!
Phoenixxx

awesome foragers!

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Pros: easy on feed, always stay together

Cons: don't like being picked up

My 8 aussies are about 8 and 10 weeks old. Lately I've been noticing that they're eating less and less of their feed and getting the bulk of their diet from my yard. There was a point about a month ago where they wanted food twice a day but now they leave leftovers after breakfast! I'm hoping this trend continues when they're grown. They get let out in the morning and free-range all day long. They stick together like glue so I'm never running around searching for that "random stray" like I have to with the RIRs. They don't like being picked up, even though I handle them every day. They will sit on my lap or perch on a shoulder quite happily, though.
Fluffers

good birds

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Pros: good layers friendly birds

Cons: little shy

I have 2 Australorps  they are very friendly and they lay good eggs. But Tweeter is a little  shy birdmy favorite chicken is the Australorp chicken.
TwoCrows

Nothing beats the egg production and the friendliness of an Australorp!

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Pros: Great winter egg layers.

Cons: I should have gotten more!

I did my homework before I got into chickens and researched the different breeds. I wanted a friendly chicken, one that could tolerate sub zero temperatures in the winter and one that would be a good layer. My 4 Aussies live up to all of these characteristics and then some! They are super friendly and love to "Lap sit". They follow me around like drooling puppies looking for treats. They lay nearly everyday even in the winter and freezing temps do not phase these birds. I highly recommend this breed to first time chicken owners, especially ones with children. The Australorp will not fail you! 
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