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. MaryJanet
    "Very cheerful chook"
    Pros - Lots of eggs, very beautiful, likes to chase wildbirds away from the food
    Cons - My Australorp doesn't like the heat.
    I'm very inexperienced, but I've known Leghorns, ISA brown crosses, one Australorp, and one Barnevelder. Of these, the Australorp is my favourite. A very sweet bird who likes fun as much as she likes being gentle. Gorgeous big and dark eyes, a lovely cascading tail, green and purple iridescence in the feathers, tall, funny "whiskers" on her face. She also lays lots of eggs (seven in a row - maybe another today). Eats well, not fussy. Won't drink water with levamisole in it though.
    alexa009 likes this.
  2. chub_the_chick
    "Great starter birds"
    Pros - easy to raise, pretty hardy, quite, and very friendly!
    Cons - hard to catch,
    Great bird, easy to care, for very good for people just starting chicken keeping!:)
  3. MotherOfPeepPeeps
    "Great Hens!"
    Pros - It's the middle of December and freezing temps, but my seven girls are taking in stride and and still giving me 5-6 eggs a day. The last time I had a seven egg day was Thanksgiving! They are very hardy, docile, friendly birds.
    Cons - None.
    I love my austalorps. My barred rocks quit laying at the end of November, but my Australorps just keep plugging along!
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    Grits&Eggs likes this.

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  1. cscvlm09
    Love ours so far!
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  2. cscvlm09
    Love ours so far!
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  3. Nats Chickens
    Need Some!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  4. pontserelo
    [MEDIA = youtube] UYVw0J_C2E8 [/ MEDIA] i love australorps..very good egg layer..
  5. JS69135
    Mine has been very dependable, but recently had a 30+ day broody streak. Poor thing thinks those wooden eggs are going to hatch!
  6. 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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  7. WildSuburbian
    My two Australorps have black feathers that shined blue/green - so beautiful! They were both the bosses in my small flock. I had to learn how to force Leandra to vomit via Youtube once, as she had sour crop. I saved her life! The other hen Eva, age 7 is withering despite my best care. I selected 4 breeds for maximum human friendliness - this is one of them, proven.
      BlackHackle likes this.
  8. 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.

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    1. BlueBaby
      I had some B/B/S Australorps up until a few months ago. I sold them all to a lady that lives in Colorado, and I'm doing NN's and Breese now. I got out of the Australorps because they really don't handle our Arizona desert heat very well.
      BlueBaby, Jul 14, 2018
  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. 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?
      BlackHackle likes this.

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