Pros: friendly,excellent layers,too big to fly
Cons: not as much variety in appearance as other breeds
I think every flock should have one or two. Our Australorp is our friendliest bird. She loves to be picked up and petted. She is also our best layer beating out our production chickens for egg/year. She is also so big and heavy she cannot fly, which means we don't have to clip her wings to keep her in our yard. I personally like a variety of breeds but Australorps will always be a part of that mix because they have everything I like in a hen. They are very pretty birds (black with green iridescence), but in a flock of only Australorps it may be difficult to tell who is who.