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. moniquem
    "Love this breed"
    Pros - Docile, sweet natured, not to loud
    Cons - None so far

    This is Thelma, she is about 7.5 months now. What a good girl she is. She has been laying a beautiful brown egg at least 5 times a week since she was 18 weeks old. Very quiet, no drama just a lovely chicken. I'm a first time chicken owner and have a small flock of 4, a SS, BR,EE and BA. If I knew then what I know now I would have gotten a couple more of these.
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  2. Coop Z-ville
    "Terrific Breed with Lots of Personality!"
    Pros - Friendly-LOVE people
    Like to chat with you
    Fun to watch
    Get along with other breeds of chickens
    I love my two Black Australorps, Winn and Dixie. They are the clowns of my flock-always the first ones at the door or gate to greet me. They are excited about any treats I bring, but while the others are enjoying, they are looking at me like, "That's it? What else do you have-maybe it's behind your back or in your pocket." They make me laugh!
  3. MROO
    "Nice Overview"

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  1. RainForestBird
    Are Australorps slower to mature than other chickens? My Columbian Wyandotte/Rhode Island Red crosses have been laying for at least 2 months and the Australorps that hatched at the same time have not given me one egg. I got them from Tractor Supply as day old chicks because I had lost a couple the summer before to heat stroke. I also have a coop set aside for just egg producers so we have a constant supply. These girls just aren't supplying and I know they are not ready to lay because their combs are not red and swollen yet. The other girls have big plumb red combs.
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    2. BlueBaby
      Yours must have come from a hatchery then @RainForestBird . I have the breeders ones, and they have no problem in laying eggs. I have some of theirs hatching out in my incubator right now, and the first 2 out are both Blue ones.
      BlueBaby, Mar 10, 2018
    3. RainForestBird
      As I mentioned, they were from Tractor Supply, it was the first time I bought chicks there and I have not bought from them since. I wasn't expecting much, I was just wondering if the breed was slower to develop than other birds.
      RainForestBird, Mar 10, 2018
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    4. BlueBaby
      Australorp's should be laying at 5 months old.
      BlueBaby, Mar 10, 2018
  2. chickenmeadow
    My six Black Australorp hens are good layers, more so in the colder weather; that was my plan & it panned out. My Ameraucanas do best in the hotter months. All is good here.

    Last night after work, I collected days eggs; before leaving the coop, a certain Australorp hen came into the coop, went to her favorite nest & promptly scolded me because her eggs were gone. I swear I heard her say, "what the heck, I know I left them right there." Funny girl!
  3. Duck Lover88
    Love these birds!!:love
      Diannastarr likes this.
    I have 2 Black Australorps I bought in the Spring. I didn't think I liked them that much at first because they have always been shy and are not people birds. However, they are quiet, of little trouble except they like to boss other coop mates around sometimes (don't hurt anyone though). What I love is that, once they started laying, they haven't hardly taken any breaks and are great foragers. Those girls lay daily. So, I'd say, they are my 2nd favs, second to my Golden Sex Link who's has personality, is friendly, and lays extremely well also. The others I appreciate for when the rest of the gang take a break in warm weather are the Easter Eggers (my older one has laid very well for me, just not much in the cold at all). I thought the Buff Orpington would be my favorite, but she's not got the personality I was hoping for, though I am glad I have her.
  5. Mr.and Mrs.Greenwood
    Has anyone else had a black australorp with white tips only on its primary feathers??
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    1. Chelsa'sChicks
      It sounds like your bird is mixed. Australorps only have white on them as chicks. They turn 100% black with a purple and green tint to the feathers when they are in the sun.
      Chelsa'sChicks, Dec 1, 2017
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    2. donnovan
      Yes I have. Just bit usually on a tail feather or two.
      donnovan, Dec 18, 2017
    3. BlueBaby
      But not all Australorps are Black! Maybe the one's from the hatcheries are, but I have the breeder Australorps. Mine come in the Black, Blue, and Splash colors!
      BlueBaby, Jan 11, 2018
  6. Mr.and Mrs.Greenwood
    my 14 week old pullet Ms.Smoke is quite the instigator and the bossy one. she will be the first to jump on everything, to get into everything and will happily talk back to you if she is displeased by your presence or lack of treats. My buff orp. is usually seen following her everywhere.. except getting into things. crazy birds.. love them to death!
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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.
  10. 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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