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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 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. kacothran
    "Amazing Chicken"
    Pros - Reliable layer, friendly, beautiful
    Cons - None
    I have one australorp, and she is such an awesome chicken. She's never had health problems, is very heat tolerant, friendly to people, and is so beautiful. I definitely want to get more when I expand my flock some day.
    BlueBaby likes this.
  2. Mace Gill
    "Best all purpose birds!"
    Pros - Great layers, low maintenance, affectionate.
    Cons - Not often broody (at least not mine!)
    I love my Australorps! Excellent layers, even in winter, even at over three years old.

    They are easy to raise, low maintenance, eat almost anything, they like the cold, but hate the snow!

    Lay large brown eggs, are dual purpose so they are big enough to eat in a pinch.

    They forage well and are curious and affectionate (though all with different information).

    Perfect birds for first time chicken owners.
  3. mjett5578
    Pros - Very docile, AMAZING mothers, great layers of large eggs.
    Cons - NONE
    I've only had one adult black australorp (BA), but she was the sweetest thing. I got her as an adult along with 4 other breed hens. She was the only sweet one. She let me hold her, etc. Very soon after getting her, she went broody and was the best mother I've had. Definitely recommend for beginners, and experienced chicken owners.
    Mace Gill likes this.

User Comments

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  1. SHRanchHen
    I have two Australorps. They seem to be skittish despite being handled when young (all my other girls eat from my hand). They also don't seem to venture far while the rest of my flock is out in the pasture, they stick together up close to the chicken coop. They are good layers and have a nice temperament, but if you are looking for a friendly chicken, I'd say these probably are not the ones. That being said, I still love them. :)
  2. ECarter1217
    i think this will be the next chicks we get :)
  3. luckychick105
    Reliable layers and very well tempered.:)
  4. Roadsidefarm
    These are an o.k. bird. They are decent layers and aren't skittish.
  5. CrazyHenLady386
    I will always have some!
  6. 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.
      Mace Gill likes this.
  7. BlueBaby
    I love mine, and you can get them in more colors than just the black! I have the Black, Blue, and Splash ones.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
      The Camo Bulldog likes this.

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