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 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. 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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User Comments

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  1. 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.
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  2. 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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  3. 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.
  4. 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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  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. 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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  7. 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.
      Diannastarr likes this.
    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
  8. CrazyHenLady386
    These hens and roosters make great pets!
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  9. AliceA
    My favorite hen. She is "Large and in Charge!" (But also very sweet)
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  10. Saint_ Marwenne_Chickens
    Love these birds
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