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Australorp

Average User Rating:
4.39016/5,
  • 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 also recognised in the Australian Poultry Standards
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    English
    The Australorp Breed was developed in Australia at the end of the nineteenth century with Black Orpington stock from England. The breed also has genes from Rhode Island Red, White Leghorn, Langshan and Minorca crosses. The purpose of the breed was as a “utility” chicken for both high egg production and meat. It was originally known as the Black Utility Orpingtons. The breed was standardized after World War One and admitted to the Standard of Perfection in 1929 in England under the fitting name Australorp. By the end of World War Two, Australian poultry breeders wrote up their own breed standards, which have been accepted worldwide. Historically, Australorps have been egg-laying champions: an Australorp hen once laid 364 eggs in 365 days.

    They are an exceptionally beautiful bird, quite big, with black glossy feathers that have a green sheen and huge black soulful eyes.

    added:6th March 2013.
    Another fowl used in the make-up of the Australorp in Australia was Black Sports Plymouth Rocks.

    The first Australorps imported into the USA from Australia was by Mr. D Goddard, Gardena, California in April 1924. His trading name was "Australian Poultry Yards".
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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. ChickityChina
    5/5,
    "Wonderful for layer/pet!"
    Pros - Super friendly, likes being handled, kid-friendly, prolific consistent layer, never broody.
    Cons - Eats just a bit more than my other breeds.
    I have a mixed flock of seven currently and two of them are Black Australorps. They are without a doubt the boldest of the bunch and will always be the first to rush me at the gate for attention and scraps. They don't mid at all being held and petted and my two year old (who isn't very delicate at picking them up) carries them around in all sorts of awkward positions and they just calmly let her. Never ever aggressive. Super friendly birds. They are great layers. They were the first to start laying in my flock and consistently lay an egg a day. I have not had either of them go broody yet. They do eat a bit more than my other hens though, if they have any con at all it would be that. But overall, I highly recommend this breed, especially as pet chickens and for families with children.
    Overall:
    5
  2. Cadbury22
    5/5,
    "One of the best chickens I have ever had!!!!!!!"
    Pros - Beautiful hen, very sweet, gets along well with other chickens and humans, very tame
    Cons - I can't think of any
    I have had two Australorps. Both were good chickens and sweet to their flock. My newest Australorp is the nicest. She is very tame for a chick her age. Midnight is a very brave chick and was the first to stand on her brooder box and perch. My first Australorp was a good layer and lead the flock. She lead the flock away from any dangers and acted like a rooster at some times. Overall they are a sweet, beautiful breed of chicken.
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Date:
    2017-03-11
  3. Wyatt0224
    4/5,
    "Beautiful Birds"
    Pros - Amazing green sheen color, big eggs, big hen once matured
    Cons - Hens took awhile to mature to laying age
    The hens are beautiful. The one rooster I kept had an amazing green sheen that would shine in the sunlight. The hens took about 30 and 35 weeks to start laying and once they got the hang of it their eggs were very big. One even had a tint of purple to it. The one rooster did turn aggressive but that is separate. Every rooster is different.
    Overall:
    4

User Comments

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  1. lifein1840
    This is the first year I have raised Australorps and i'm very impressed. They are so reliable as layers, calm and gentle.....but a little loud when laying! I will be raising more of them.
  2. BlueBaby
    I love mine, and you can get them in more colors than just the black! I have the Black, Blue, and Splash ones.
  3. HappyClucker7
    It's just a problem some chickens have. Their vent muscles are not strong enough to push the poop out. My BR has the same problem.
  4. HappyClucker7
    It's just a problem some chickens have. Their vent muscles are not strong enough to push the poop out. My BR has the same problem.
  5. HappyClucker7
    My Australorp Peppa was the first to lay out of my flock of six. But they both rarely ever miss a day when it comes to laying eggs. My eggs are also very big... and tasty!
  6. HappyClucker7
    My Australorp Peppa was the first to lay out of my flock of six. But they both rarely ever miss a day when it comes to laying eggs. My eggs are also very big... and tasty!
  7. HappyClucker7
    That's is only half true. One of my Astralorps is very loud, but my other one barely ever makes a sound. I guess it just depends on the chicken.
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    1. BlueBaby
      You are right! Each has it's own personality.
      BlueBaby, May 18, 2017 at 1:13 AM
  8. HappyClucker7
    That's is only half true. One of my Astralorps is very loud, but my other one barely ever makes a sound. I guess it just depends on the chicken.
  9. lizro
    hi - I got my first 4 australorps 10 days ago - they are amazing. The feathers on top are glossy dark green. They are about 21 weeks old and I am getting little pullets eggs - 7 so far. I had 1 to the vet last night as I was really worried about her - she had poop round her vent and on her feathers and when I brought her in to clean her up I found a large lower abdomen that felt like it was a balloon with water in. She was bright and running round with her sisters, eating ok. The vet didn't really know but I asked for some anti bionics and he also gave anti inflammatory. She also laid an egg at 7pm when we got home from the vet.Today she is still bright and seems quite happy - eating well. I called the man I bought them from and also a lady who gives courses on keeping poultry but no-one seems to know what it is. I treated them all for lice just now - the vet said he could see some although I have not been able to see any. 2 of mine have very fine dark brown eyes - the other 2 have a lighter eye.
  10. lizro
    hi - I got my first 4 australorps 10 days ago - they are amazing. The feathers on top are glossy dark green. They are about 21 weeks old and I am getting little pullets eggs - 7 so far. I had 1 to the vet last night as I was really worried about her - she had poop round her vent and on her feathers and when I brought her in to clean her up I found a large lower abdomen that felt like it was a balloon with water in. She was bright and running round with her sisters, eating ok. The vet didn't really know but I asked for some anti bionics and he also gave anti inflammatory. She also laid an egg at 7pm when we got home from the vet.Today she is still bright and seems quite happy - eating well. I called the man I bought them from and also a lady who gives courses on keeping poultry but no-one seems to know what it is. I treated them all for lice just now - the vet said he could see some although I have not been able to see any. 2 of mine have very fine dark brown eyes - the other 2 have a lighter eye.

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