Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    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:
    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:
    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







Recent User Reviews

  1. Chullicken
    "Beautifully Boring"
    Pros - Energetic, Alert, Humble
    Cons - Egg production is average, lack the personalities of some of the other breeds
    They are striking, have a very discerning glance to them and seem to do well in the cold weather. Not the best foragers in my experience and they waste more food than my other breeds. The few I have had are 'tame', but not very approachable. Seem to do well in confinement and get along with their flock mates. Australorp breeders seem to be enthusiastic about their flocks, however very sensitive. These are not high volume production birds, but over all do have a certain charm about them that makes them definitely worth trying once.
  2. shawthorne44
    "So friendly"
    Pros - Sweet, and good egg layers
    Cons - I'd wanted a sweet, dual-purpose breed. But they are so sweet, they might all die of old age.
    They are so sweet and good-natured. They aren't mean to each other or us. This is very important to me. The only thing they do bad is pick on the one being held because they are jealous, so I have to stand to give them loving. I also had to buy crocs as my chicken shoes to protect my toes from hens pecking my toes declaring that it is their turn for loving.

    They are giving us lots of eggs for very little food. I guess that leads to another small con. They have 1600 sq. ft of Chicken Yard, but about half of them easily fly over the fence that is over 5' tall. We lost one and I tell myself that she joined the flock a few houses down.
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  3. famerzellman
    "Love her"
    Pros - hardy , sturdy, good nature, easy around kids, and not loud
    Cons - does not like to be handled and aggressive to new birds
    I love my oynex shes just simply sweet. Only problems is she does not like to be picked up and is very bossy to new birds who enter her space. But over all great bird!!!
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  1. Kates Chooks
    I have black Australorps and have found them to be super friendly, they literally flatten out in a second when you start to pet them and will stay that way as long as you will stroke their back. They were the first to start laying and have been very consistent. They do have pretty brown eyes too. Very quiet, very docile.
  2. Christina2012
    I have 2 austrolopes and there about 2 months old I have handled them alot but I think I have roosters on my hands with them or a very dominant female but there both mean as snakes and hate to be touched is there a way to break them of that or is it just there personality. Thanks in advance. PS I love them anyways lol.
  3. Cult-of-Trajan
    I have 2 Australorps & they are beautiful birds. That vibrant red comb against their silky black feathers remind me of a red rose on a black tux. My two girls were very stand-offish at first, but are getting more friendly by the week (6mos old now). They lay very well and the shades of brown between my two are very different. One lays a very pale brown (coffee with tons of cream like my wife drinks) & the other rather dark brown with even darker freckles. One has jet-black eyes & the other brown, so that helps me distinguish them easily.
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  4. poultry person
    I love mine she is so calm great layer and she likes to sleep in the outdoor part of the coop!
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  5. Diannastarr
    one thing about the Aussie roos , they are indeed quite roos , not crowing hardly at all, my blue Aussie roo , mr. Blue he is head roo for my mixed flock, he is quite a giant by the way & might not even crow every day, he hardly crows compared to all my other roos , they all usually crow several times a day, plus sun rise & mostly at sun set , but not either of my splash or blue Aussie roos..? do a lot of crowing at all..! they are always so wonderful & so sweet , they hardly crow ,but also Aussie roos & hens do act smarter then all my other breeds , they know their names and come when i call them. my other roos are BR,IR, NHR, SLW , CW,DEL,but if any one is interested in extremely friendly chickens the most friendly breeds i have so far are the Road island whites next are the Delawares these breeds are almost to friendly , and the aussies are just as friendly , but are not always after you for attention , like the RI, DELs are but no matter what the Aussies are still the top breed hands down..! over all..!!!
  6. Diannastarr
    I LOVE MY AUSSIES...!!!! cant beat them ...!!! sweet wonderful hens, great layers, great dependable broodies that stick to their mommy job well...!! just an all around great breed..!!! I keep all the famous egg laying breeds, here for my egg business, and i gotta say above all, the Aussies are the ultimate best hands down the best breed compared to all the rest..! but i do like the new Hampshire reds for the jumbo eggs they lay, other then that my Aussies are the best large eggs layers & a wonderful sweet breed of chciken ...!!!! including the ROOS mine are giants & so sweet ...!!! they are my favorite of all roos...!!!
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  7. lylak
    Sweet girl but goes broody every spring. This year she has been broody twice. She purrs when content and is easily handled. Not the smartest chicken but is a good mom.
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    1. poultry person
      I'd like to to see a pic of her because Aussies aren't supposed to get broody.
      poultry person, Aug 29, 2017
  8. CrazyHenLady386
    These hens and roosters make great pets!
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  9. AliceA
    My favorite hen. She is "Large and in Charge!" (But also very sweet)
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  10. Saint_ Marwenne_Chickens
    Love these birds
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