Ever wonder where or how this amazing chicken breed came about? Wonder no more!
This (photo from MPC ~ MyPetChicken.com)
is a Black Austrolorp hen.
The Austrolorp breed was perfected in Austrailia in the early 1900's. It was developed with a focus on egg laying. It acheived worldwide popularity in the 1920's after breaking several world records for the number of eggs laid and has been a popular breed since.
The Austrolorp is considerd the honorary National Chicken Breed of Austrailia (How cool is that?! )
The most popular color for the breed is black. Black is the only breed color recognized in the US. Blue and white are also recognized in their home country. The Poultry Club South Africa recognizes buff, splash, wheaten, laced, and golden to add.
Did You Know?
Another name for the Black Austrolorp is Black Orpington.
Black Jersey Giants can easily be mistaken as Black Austrolorps and likewise. The way to tell them apart is this:
Black Austrolorps: white skin. Black Jersey Giants: orange skin.
The original stock used in the development of the Australorp was imported to Australia from England out of the Black Orpington yards of William Cook and Joseph Partington in the period from 1890 to the early 1900s with Rhode Island Red. Local breeders used this stock together with judicious out-crossings of Minorca, White Leghorn and Langshan blood to improve the utility features of the imported Orpingtons. There is even a report of some Plymouth Rock blood also being used. The emphasis of the early breeders was on utility features. At this time, the resulting birds were known as Australian Black Orpingtons
Some information taken from Wikepedia.
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