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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

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.
undine

Pretty chickens, but theyre VERY loud.

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Pros: feathers are so soft, loves sticking together with other australorps, fun to watch

Cons: LOUD.

One of the sugggested breed for a first time backyard chicken raiser is an australorp.  I read many good reviews about them so i ordered two babies, and along with other breeds.  Four months after... it was just non-stop screaming and cackling from them.  Another 2 months after when they hit their point in laying, it just got worse.  They werent even singing their "egg song".  What they did 2 months back...this is 6 times worse, and louder now.  They were literally screaming as if they were in one of jigsaws contraption in the movie "SAW". I spoil them, and i dont think that would make them hate their lives?? Im sure australorps arent the only breed...
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Cindychlvr

High maintainence if you're after egg production

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Pros: Hardy bird, large, beautiful

Cons: VERY broody, late to start crowing for roos, skiddish,

I purchased a flock of 25 birds. All Australorps. 2 died young. I can deal with that. I had seven go broody at once. Atleast one so far became what I would describe as a late bloomer and revealed itself as a roo at almost 10 months old. I raise chickens for their egg production. Not an ideal breed for that at all. In the future I will stick with RIR and Plymouth Barred Rock.

More Reviews

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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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,
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.
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.
Nippers

flighty but beatiful

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Pros: good layers beautiful

Cons: flighty

i had 2 austraulorps and they were opposites. one was 50\50 but her feathers were ragged and dull. the other was 100% flighty! the flighty one was prettiest with a smooth green sheen to her feathers. i don't know about laying since they lived with 17 other hens at one point. the universe was cruel by taking the nice one, Midnight, from me first. that left me with the flighty one, wraith. Overall i think they are very nice birds.
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