Australorp

Average User Rating:
4.39692/5,
  • 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 also recognised in the Australian Poultry Standards
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    English
    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:
    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. UrbnGardenPeeps
    5/5,
    "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!
    Ryn2011 and Duck Lover88 like this.
  2. Playford Flats Farm
    5/5,
    "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.
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Price:
    $20
    Purchase Date:
    September 15th, 2017

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  3. besorto
    5/5,
    "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.
    Purchase Price:
    5

User Comments

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  1. CrazyHenLady386
    I will always have some!
  2. lifein1840
    This is the first year I have raised Australorps and i'm very impressed. They are so reliable as layers, calm and gentle.....but a little loud when laying! I will be raising more of them.
      Mace Gill likes this.
  3. BlueBaby
    I love mine, and you can get them in more colors than just the black! I have the Black, Blue, and Splash ones.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. HappyClucker7
    That's is only half true. One of my Astralorps is very loud, but my other one barely ever makes a sound. I guess it just depends on the chicken.
      The Camo Bulldog likes this.
  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?
    Thanks!
    Russ
  10. Lyranonamous
    I have an older one-and she also goes broody every year. I put eggs under her and she does such a great job of mothering them. No more hot lamps, etc. She probably isn't laying any more but her contribution and personality are more than enough reasons to keep her.
      Mace Gill likes this.

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