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  • 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 recognised in the Australian Poultry Standards
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    For more on this breed and owners' experiences, likes and dislikes, see our breed discussion here:
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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. alexa009
    "Beautiful chicken."
    Pros - Great egg-layers, beautiful eggs, docile, quiet.
    Cons - bossy and Aggressive over food.
    I got my australorp with another batch of chicks from a hatchery last Febuary. Very quiet bird and really docile and doesn't mind being pet, wasn't as docile as a chick but as she matured into a hen she was really friendly. She is a year old now. Her eggs are a different color from all the rest of chickens, usually pink with sometimes a purple tint in them. She is a really good egg-layer also, started laying at 4.5 months! Friendly with the birds but loves to constantly attack when she sees other chickens eating or foraging for food. Except for the bossiness she is a great bird! Here is a pic from when she was a chick till now.

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    Purchase Date:
    Febuary 2017.
  2. eatwhatyougrow
    "Went Broody"
    Pros - lays well, good temperament
    Cons - none
    I had 3 of these hens, hatchery stock. They did well laying most days. of the breeds I have had, RIR, BO, BR, BCM, Leg, One of these hens was the only one I ever had go broody, it was great for the kids to watch her hatch out a couple chicks. Good birds I will get more.
    Purchase Price:
    1.50 chick
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  3. melzie
    "Love my "Austies" :)"
    Pros - Sweet Docile Friendly Inquisitive Beautiful
    I love my Australorps (I call them Austies!) We bought them from the hatchery at 2 days old. They act like parrots, lol, climbing my arm until they get to my neck and try to nuzzle me! It's bizarre to see a chicken behave this way!

    When they were little, they would run underneath me when I would crouch down to talk to the other hens in the gated run.

    They are inquisitive and would walk straight up to hens and for some reason they are the only chicks that were never picked on much when it came time for the new pecking order to be established. I would buy these again any day of the week!
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  1. 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
  2. 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
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    1. Serenityintheverse
      So glad to hear! I'll be receiving 2 Aussies in my first little flock in May! Loving this thread
      Serenityintheverse, Feb 16, 2018
  3. 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
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  4. 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. Diannastarr
      hmmm thats, not been my experience, my CW were not fast to lay eggs maybe they started to lay eggs at 18 to 20 weeks , and my Aussies started laying at 16 weeks maybe you could try to boost your Aussies protein..? with a few hard boiled eggs or what ever , they are a strong well put together birds sound & healthy , you have a pretty flock , both the CW & BAs are both such beautiful birds, and also the RIR i have all 3 of those breeds my self.
      Diannastarr, Jan 30, 2018
    3. RainForestBird
      They are seven months old.
      RainForestBird, Feb 21, 2018 at 9:23 PM
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    4. BlueBaby
      They should be laying by now, then. Did you get your's from a hatchery? Mine are the breeders type and they all lay.
      BlueBaby, Feb 21, 2018 at 10:59 PM
  5. 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!
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  6. Duck Lover88
    Love these birds!!:love
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    I have 2 Black Australorps I bought in the Spring. I didn't think I liked them that much at first because they have always been shy and are not people birds. However, they are quiet, of little trouble except they like to boss other coop mates around sometimes (don't hurt anyone though). What I love is that, once they started laying, they haven't hardly taken any breaks and are great foragers. Those girls lay daily. So, I'd say, they are my 2nd favs, second to my Golden Sex Link who's has personality, is friendly, and lays extremely well also. The others I appreciate for when the rest of the gang take a break in warm weather are the Easter Eggers (my older one has laid very well for me, just not much in the cold at all). I thought the Buff Orpington would be my favorite, but she's not got the personality I was hoping for, though I am glad I have her.
  8. Mr.and Mrs.Greenwood
    Has anyone else had a black australorp with white tips only on its primary feathers??
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    1. Chelsa'sChicks
      It sounds like your bird is mixed. Australorps only have white on them as chicks. They turn 100% black with a purple and green tint to the feathers when they are in the sun.
      Chelsa'sChicks, Dec 1, 2017
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    2. donnovan
      Yes I have. Just bit usually on a tail feather or two.
      donnovan, Dec 18, 2017
    3. BlueBaby
      But not all Australorps are Black! Maybe the one's from the hatcheries are, but I have the breeder Australorps. Mine come in the Black, Blue, and Splash colors!
      BlueBaby, Jan 11, 2018
  9. Mr.and Mrs.Greenwood
    my 14 week old pullet Ms.Smoke is quite the instigator and the bossy one. she will be the first to jump on everything, to get into everything and will happily talk back to you if she is displeased by your presence or lack of treats. My buff orp. is usually seen following her everywhere.. except getting into things. crazy birds.. love them to death!
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  10. 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.
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