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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.

    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.

    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.

    First egg laid by an Australorp pullet:

    A male and female Australorp, aged 11 weeks:

    Australorp rooster:


    Australorp hen:

    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. Alexandra33
    "Just OKAY...."
    Pros - Attractive, and good layers.
    Cons - Nonexistent personality.
    One was enough for me. Not that it's a terrible breed, but my experiences with them aren't spectacular. :) Birds with "blah" temperaments simply aren't my cup of tea. However, if you're looking for something decently nice to look at, and lots of medium brown eggs, Australorps are for you!
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  2. moniquem
    "Love this breed"
    Pros - Docile, sweet natured, not to loud
    Cons - None so far

    This is Thelma, she is about 7.5 months now. What a good girl she is. She has been laying a beautiful brown egg at least 5 times a week since she was 18 weeks old. Very quiet, no drama just a lovely chicken. I'm a first time chicken owner and have a small flock of 4, a SS, BR,EE and BA. If I knew then what I know now I would have gotten a couple more of these.
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  3. Coop Z-ville
    "Terrific Breed with Lots of Personality!"
    Pros - Friendly-LOVE people
    Like to chat with you
    Fun to watch
    Get along with other breeds of chickens
    I love my two Black Australorps, Winn and Dixie. They are the clowns of my flock-always the first ones at the door or gate to greet me. They are excited about any treats I bring, but while the others are enjoying, they are looking at me like, "That's it? What else do you have-maybe it's behind your back or in your pocket." They make me laugh!

User Comments

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  1. 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!
  2. 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
    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.
  4. JS69135
    Mine has been very dependable, but recently had a 30+ day broody streak. Poor thing thinks those wooden eggs are going to hatch!
  5. 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
    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
  6. 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
  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. MotherOfChickens
    I have 3 Black Australorp hens. They are sweet birds. One goes broody literally every 5 to 6 weeks. One is loud. And the other one loves to purr.
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  9. Grits&Eggs
    Have six and they are generally quiet, but when I start singing so do they. They will sing with me for hours, and most love to sit in my hand or on a finger and chill. Not sure once they are four weeks if they will start growing out of this, I hope not!
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  10. lylak
    Mine gets broody every April like clockwork.

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