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