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. 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 Price:
    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. 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
  3. CrazyHenLady386
    I will always have some!
  4. BlueBaby
    I love mine, and you can get them in more colors than just the black! I have the Black, Blue, and Splash ones.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. HappyClucker7
    Mine are super sweet and I love them! They lay almost every day and my girl Peppa layed the very first out of six chickens.(three different breeds.) they also love beeing picked up.
  9. rSpriggs
    I like the comment about being good foragers; where did you get yours?
  10. Bugseye
    Just seeing this now, sorry. I feared it was a constitutional problem of Australorps, but I would love to have them again.

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