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. 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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  2. UrbnGardenPeeps
    "Very cat-like....."
    Pros - Friendly, cheerful, clean, inquisitive, excellent layers, quiet.
    Cons - None
    Am I the only one who has come to the conclusion that Australorps are cats in chicken suits? My girls are almost a year old and are the first Australorps I've had. Spending a lot of time observing them over the past year, I've decided they are like cats! Maybe it is just my birds but they are fastidious! I've never once found poop in a nest box and not once have I had to clean an egg. They come out of the nest box pristine - just like from the store. I do keep their coop and run clean and they are not crowded but I'm not that obsessive about it. I never see poop on their fluffy butts. Even when they were chicks they didn't spray water everywhere or dump stuff over.

    Their personalities remind me of cats - very feisty but affectionate on their own terms. They are exceptionally curious and have to be elbows deep in whatever we are doing. Which can be problematic if we're trying to do a construction job in their coop. They want to "help". If I sit or squat in their run, they will be on my lap or shoulder - particularly if it puts me in an awkward stance and particularly if I don't want them to - exactly like cats...

    My girls are also really quiet. They yell a little bit when they lay and if they see me outside they will screech to get my attention but otherwise you wouldn't know they were there. They've been exceptional backyard pets in our typical suburban neighborhood.

    They love to be held and petted but on their own terms and usually if you have food.

    Unless my girls are just weird - I would think if you adore the sassy, independent but affectionate personality of cats, you would just love this breed!
    Ryn2011 and Duck Lover88 like this.
  3. Playford Flats Farm
    "Personal Fave!"
    Pros - Talkative, seeet, gentle, fantastic layers, fluffy, very mothering, beautiful docile, child friendly, peace keepers
    Cons - None.
    My australorp hen, Lady, is such a sweetheart. I love her more than anything. She always has something to say every morning when I let the birds out of the coop. She doesn’t put up with other hens bullying each other. She’s always happy to see me. Not to mention she lays jumbo sized eggs, one every day. She doesn’t like snow, but who can blame her?
    I would 100% recommend this breed, especially if you’re new to chickens and/or if you have a family. These birds are super docile and don’t mind being man handled children. They’re very cold hardy, so you don’t have to worry about them freezing in the the winter. The australorp roosters I’ve met have always been well behaved birdies as well.
    They’re also beautiful.
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    Purchase Date:
    September 15th, 2017


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User Comments

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  1. Duck Lover88
    Love these birds!!:love
    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.
  3. Mr.and Mrs.Greenwood
    Has anyone else had a black australorp with white tips only on its primary feathers??
    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
    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
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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    1. Chelsa'sChicks
      I have 8 of them 4 that I've raised as chicks including my baby rooster now 4 months old. My rooster was upset once with me sticking his neck feathers out.. I just picked him up and held him for a min. I read if you have a baby rooster picking them up when they act foolish can calm them.. it worked for my roo. They all now come running when I call them or if they see me first.
      Chelsa'sChicks, Dec 1, 2017
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  7. 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.
  8. 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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  9. 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,RIR, 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 small white birds that lay a lot of large eggs & next are the Delawares they are much like the RIW but have pretty markings , so these 2 breeds are almost to friendly , and the Aussies are just as friendly, but are not always after you for attention, but still i can walk up to any of them and just give them a pet..! like the RIW & DELs , but no matter what the Aussies are still the top breed hands down..! over all..!!! YOU CANT BEAT THE AUSSIES ...!!!:woot:thumbsup:highfive::yesss::D;):):clap:ya
  10. 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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