Although I am going to get flack over this here goes. This is the Australorp SOP and breeding thread. Australorps were never designed to look like big fat Orpingtons and that seems to be the trend with a lot of breeders and judges. I wish people would get out their SOP APA book and compare the pictures of what an Australorp looks like and what an Orpington is supposed to look like. Body shape, back, tail angle, and more are all different between the two. From what I am seeing lately they are way too fluffy in the bottom, flat short backs like an orpington with a big cushion instead of being the "Bird of Curves" like they were intended to be. From my understanding they were created to be a sleeker, egg laying machine, not just the copy of a big orpington. Now if you really want to know what an Australorp is supposed to look like check out the Australian Aussies. The problem is that we received their utility australorps not show quality and that is the crux of the problem. I would also like to state that there is no such thing as show quality eggs, APA eggs, APA birds, etc. Unless a bird has won national shows and has the ribbons to prove it then it is just another bird. I do accept the term exhibition quality if you have shown birds and know what you are talking about. OK I am done ranting!!!
No reason for you to get flack about your opinion. It is your opinion and you are entitled to it.