Australorp

Average User Rating:
4.40181/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, Easily handled, Calm, Bears confinement well, Quiet, Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black, Blue and White are recognised in the Australian Poultry Standards
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    English
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    The Australorp is an Australian breed which was developed from Black Orpingtons imported into Australia starting around 1890. The egg laying ability of the Orpingtons was emphasized by the Australian breeders, and other breeds including Minorca, Leghorns, and Langshans were bred into the lines to increase egg production and decrease broodiness. The result was a bird with exceptional egg laying ability. They were popular entries in egg laying contests in the day and for years Australorps held many of the world egg laying records, one hen famously laying 364 eggs in 365 days.

    These "Australian Black Orpingtons" were given the name Australorp around 1920. Australorps were exported in the US and England in the 1920’s, where they were an immediate hit because of their great egg laying ability, and they remain a very popular breed to this day.

    Australorps are a medium sized breed. The APA recognises only one color, the original Black, but there are several other colors developed by breeders, including Blue and White, which is recognized in Australia.

    They tend to be calm, docile, fairly quiet birds, with nice temperaments and they make good pets. The roosters are generally good natured. They are dependable winter layers of big brown eggs, fairly heat tolerant despite the usually black feathers, and quite cold hardy. They generally do not fly well and take well to confinement. The hens will occasionally go broody and make good mothers. They are very popular with backyard flock owners looking for a friendly productive brown egg layer, and small flock owners looking for a duel purpose breed with hens that have excellent laying ability.

    It was recognized by the APA in 1929 and it is on The Livestock Conservancy's Recovering list.

    First egg laid by an Australorp pullet:
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    A male and female Australorp, aged 11 weeks:
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    Australorp rooster:

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    Australorp hen:
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    For more on this breed and owners' experiences, likes and dislikes, see our breed discussion here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-australorp.988347/
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Shy,Docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Black, Blue & White (rare)
    Breed Details:
    I find Australorps to be very easy going chickens. They are friendly, quiet and very good egg layers, laying as many as 300 eggs a year. They do well with other breeds and weather the winter months well. Two of my girls went broody at the same time and sat in the same nest together, taking turns giving each other a break to eat and drink. They even sat on other chickens

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Kentucky girlz
    5/5,
    "Mine's a talker"
    Pros - Sweet, friendly and hearty, but a bit of a diva
    Cons - none
    I had 2 Black Australorps and both of them had VERY big personalities. One was the 'runt' of my first flock and she ended up dying early at just 15 months. She was the friendliest chicken we had and would quietly sit on your lap. The other one is still going strong at 3+ years and this one is a 'talker'. She is not quiet at all like the breed standard which just goes to show that you can't always go by the 'norm' She is SO funny though and will talk back to you the entire time you are outside.
    This breed may be cold hardy, but she is the only one who will stay in the run if there is a little bit of snow on the ground. Don't get me wrong, the others don't like snow either and won't come out if it's an inch or more, but Zelda will stay inside and yell about it if there is just a dusting and she's the first to run in when it starts to rain.
    Purchase Price:
    $4.00
    Purchase Date:
    3-13-2015
    Grits&Eggs likes this.
  2. jennajolynne
    5/5,
    "Friendliest Chook"
    Pros - Friendly
    Solid Layer
    Cold Hardy
    Cons - Can be a bully at times
    5B46CDA3-D020-4811-B5EC-27295AFC08B1.jpeg My australorp Aggie is my favorite bird. She follows me all over the yard looking for treats. She is an avid layer of beautiful eggs and a great forager while free ranging. She is at the top of the totem pole but this doesn’t bother me because there will always be a pecking order.
  3. mysunraedreams
    5/5,
    "Sweet and gentle, excellent layer"
    Pros - Quiet. Good city chicken.
    Cons - None
    What a sweet and loving bird! They follow me around when I'm working in the yard. When in their coop, they sit and wait for me to walk by then jump up onto their pirch and hold a conversation with me. They follow my spoken directions for when to coop-up. I just love these girls.

    5 star bird!
    Purchase Price:
    3.79
    Purchase Date:
    5/2015

User Comments

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  1. Grits&Eggs
    Have six and they are generally quiet, but when I start singing so do they. They will sing with me for hours, and most love to sit in my hand or on a finger and chill. Not sure once they are four weeks if they will start growing out of this, I hope not!
  2. Julie Gillespie
    Is it possible an Australorp could lay as early as 14/15 weeks? Mine has had a pulsating rear end for a week and now almost her entire body is heaving like she is having trouble laying. Any thoughts?
  3. Onslow's Hens
    Great layers of big eggs. I love this breed. They are calm, gentle and get along with their flock mates. They are not pecky or bossy with each other. They lay thru the heat of summer and also thru the cold of winter. They are great free range hens. Stay close to home and do not ravage the flower beds. They are not lap chickens but tolerate being handled really well if need be and are not skittish in general. I will always have them.
  4. lylak
    Mine gets broody every April like clockwork.
      Thomas Lamprogiorgos likes this.
  5. gogochook
    I bought my first australorp at 16 weeks of age and had to intergrate her with my 3 year old ISA - after a few weeks they were both peas in a pod - but the Austie decided her best chance at survival was to sleep on top of the coup where the other couldn't get there - pretty soon they were both sleeping on top of the coup together - she was always broody from at around 1year old. I recently gave her 4 - day old chicks to adopt and after a week we have 2 out of the four survived its only a week on but she seems to be taking on the role of a new mum - the other reason why we went with the chicks was sadly my 5 year old ISA died suddenly and I am assuming it was old age - she now has some company bringing up the chicks
  6. thechickychicks
    I have 2 Aussies and they are hilarious! They love to play with the other chickens, they are tough and perfect for a cold winter, we get about 2 or 3 eggs from them a week but they are still young. I think that anyone who wants a calm, quiet, friendly chicken the this is the breed for you!:thumbsup
      Serenityintheverse and BlueBaby like this.
    1. Serenityintheverse
      So glad to hear! I'll be receiving 2 Aussies in my first little flock in May! Loving this thread
      S
      Serenityintheverse, Feb 16, 2018
  7. Diannastarr
    I HAVE 21 Aussies and several other breeds NHR, RIR, RIW, DELS, SLW, CW, 75 in all for my egg business and after 2 years, i must say the Aussies are tops in every category , they are the total best ever breed ...!!! they have proven that they are the best well tempered / top producers, and just the best all over breed of chicken...!!! you cant go wrong with an Australorp...!!! amazing birds and smart to boot ..!!! :woot:highfive::thumbsup
  8. RainForestBird
    Are Australorps slower to mature than other chickens? My Columbian Wyandotte/Rhode Island Red crosses have been laying for at least 2 months and the Australorps that hatched at the same time have not given me one egg. I got them from Tractor Supply as day old chicks because I had lost a couple the summer before to heat stroke. I also have a coop set aside for just egg producers so we have a constant supply. These girls just aren't supplying and I know they are not ready to lay because their combs are not red and swollen yet. The other girls have big plumb red combs.
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    2. BlueBaby
      Yours must have come from a hatchery then @RainForestBird . I have the breeders ones, and they have no problem in laying eggs. I have some of theirs hatching out in my incubator right now, and the first 2 out are both Blue ones.
      BlueBaby, Mar 10, 2018
    3. RainForestBird
      As I mentioned, they were from Tractor Supply, it was the first time I bought chicks there and I have not bought from them since. I wasn't expecting much, I was just wondering if the breed was slower to develop than other birds.
      RainForestBird, Mar 10, 2018
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    4. BlueBaby
      Australorp's should be laying at 5 months old.
      BlueBaby, Mar 10, 2018
  9. chickenmeadow
    My six Black Australorp hens are good layers, more so in the colder weather; that was my plan & it panned out. My Ameraucanas do best in the hotter months. All is good here.

    Last night after work, I collected days eggs; before leaving the coop, a certain Australorp hen came into the coop, went to her favorite nest & promptly scolded me because her eggs were gone. I swear I heard her say, "what the heck, I know I left them right there." Funny girl!
  10. Duck Lover88
    Love these birds!!:love
      Diannastarr likes this.

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