Australorp

Average User Rating:
4.40361/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Brown
    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:
    English
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    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:
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    A male and female Australorp, aged 11 weeks:
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    Australorp rooster:

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    Australorp hen:
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    For more on this breed and owners' experiences, likes and dislikes, see our breed discussion here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-australorp.988347/
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    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

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Recent User Reviews

  1. OK_to_WA_Farms
    5/5,
    "Love her!!"
    Pros - Hilarious personality, regular layer, great at flock protection, never been broody
    Cons - FAST and nearly impossible to catch
    We LOVE our Australorp! She is hilarious, an awesome forager, and her eggs are delicious! She has done well in our backyard flock - tolerates being kept in her run and free ranging. She tells the other hens when danger is near and is always reliable at rounding the other hens before going to safety herself. Love love love this hen! 2018-01-27 04.04.36 1.jpg
  2. Kentucky girlz
    5/5,
    "Mine's a talker"
    Pros - Sweet, friendly and hearty, but a bit of a diva
    Cons - none
    I had 2 Black Australorps and both of them had VERY big personalities. One was the 'runt' of my first flock and she ended up dying early at just 15 months. She was the friendliest chicken we had and would quietly sit on your lap. The other one is still going strong at 3+ years and this one is a 'talker'. She is not quiet at all like the breed standard which just goes to show that you can't always go by the 'norm' She is SO funny though and will talk back to you the entire time you are outside.
    This breed may be cold hardy, but she is the only one who will stay in the run if there is a little bit of snow on the ground. Don't get me wrong, the others don't like snow either and won't come out if it's an inch or more, but Zelda will stay inside and yell about it if there is just a dusting and she's the first to run in when it starts to rain.
    Purchase Price:
    $4.00
    Purchase Date:
    3-13-2015
    besorto and Grits&Eggs like this.
  3. jennajolynne
    5/5,
    "Friendliest Chook"
    Pros - Friendly
    Solid Layer
    Cold Hardy
    Cons - Can be a bully at times
    5B46CDA3-D020-4811-B5EC-27295AFC08B1.jpeg My australorp Aggie is my favorite bird. She follows me all over the yard looking for treats. She is an avid layer of beautiful eggs and a great forager while free ranging. She is at the top of the totem pole but this doesn’t bother me because there will always be a pecking order.
    Chica'sChickens and besorto like this.

User Comments

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  1. ledmonson
    Does Anyone have any blue Australorp hatching eggs for sale? I live in Texas and would like to have at least 6 of them. Please let me know and thanks.

    Linda
  2. 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!
  3. Julie Gillespie
    Is it possible an Australorp could lay as early as 14/15 weeks? Mine has had a pulsating rear end for a week and now almost her entire body is heaving like she is having trouble laying. Any thoughts?
  4. Onslow's Hens
    Great layers of big eggs. I love this breed. They are calm, gentle and get along with their flock mates. They are not pecky or bossy with each other. They lay thru the heat of summer and also thru the cold of winter. They are great free range hens. Stay close to home and do not ravage the flower beds. They are not lap chickens but tolerate being handled really well if need be and are not skittish in general. I will always have them.
  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,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
  6. CrazyHenLady386
    I will always have some!
  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. lizro
    hi - I got my first 4 australorps 10 days ago - they are amazing. The feathers on top are glossy dark green. They are about 21 weeks old and I am getting little pullets eggs - 7 so far. I had 1 to the vet last night as I was really worried about her - she had poop round her vent and on her feathers and when I brought her in to clean her up I found a large lower abdomen that felt like it was a balloon with water in. She was bright and running round with her sisters, eating ok. The vet didn't really know but I asked for some anti bionics and he also gave anti inflammatory. She also laid an egg at 7pm when we got home from the vet.Today she is still bright and seems quite happy - eating well. I called the man I bought them from and also a lady who gives courses on keeping poultry but no-one seems to know what it is. I treated them all for lice just now - the vet said he could see some although I have not been able to see any. 2 of mine have very fine dark brown eyes - the other 2 have a lighter eye.

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