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. 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!
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  2. 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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  3. besorto
    "Great layers and amazing mothers!"
    Pros - Friendly, beautiful, great layers, fantastic mothers, easy to find.
    Cons - None!
    My first chickens were a trio of Australorp pullets, and oh boy were they wonderful. They each give me an egg everyday, even now when they're 3 years old. I've used them to hatch out ducks over the summer as well, and they are excellent mothers.
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User Comments

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  1. lylak
    Sweet girl but goes broody every spring. This year she has been broody twice. She purrs when content and is easily handled. Not the smartest chicken but is a good mom.
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    1. poultry person
      I'd like to to see a pic of her because Aussies aren't supposed to get broody.
      poultry person, Aug 29, 2017
  2. CrazyHenLady386
    These hens and roosters make great pets!
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  3. AliceA
    My favorite hen. She is "Large and in Charge!" (But also very sweet)
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  4. Saint_ Marwenne_Chickens
    Love these birds
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  5. CyndiD
    how can i tell the difference between a blk australorp hen and a black orpington split to lavender?
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    1. BlueBaby
      There is a difference in the shape of their backs. The Orpington's back is more "U" shaped, while the Australorp's backs are more of a "V" shape. I hope this helps you.
      BlueBaby, Jul 3, 2017
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  6. ChickenBoo
    I have always been a Buff Orpington fan but Australorps are an equal favorite. They are hardy; good winter layers in their first season, & have the BEST temperament. They are kind to each other, & other flock members who are different/older/younger/infirm. And they are beautiful. Exceptional breed.
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  7. 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. :)
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    1. The Camo Bulldog
      I think temperament probably varies by the individual, I have some 5 week old australorp chicks and Calla, the one on my avatar, doesn't leave me alone. If I take them out of their brooder to play outside she will just crawl right up into my lap and perch on my arm the entire time. We also have Delawares, barred rocks, and a golden sex link and none of them act that way towards me, though they are all friendly.
      The Camo Bulldog, Jul 3, 2017
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  8. ECarter1217
    i think this will be the next chicks we get :)
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  9. luckychick105
    Reliable layers and very well tempered.:)
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  10. Roadsidefarm
    These are an o.k. bird. They are decent layers and aren't skittish.
      Diannastarr likes this.

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