Australorp

Average User Rating:
4.39877/5,
  • 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. melzie
    5/5,
    "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!
    Purchase Price:
    $4.95
    Purchase Date:
    10/01/2017
  2. 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.
  3. 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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User Comments

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  1. jburts
    I have one chicken broody for about 2 months now we have no roosters,
    she gets out and stays out for a while so not to stubborn, but she is really gentle, she lets me pick her up and pet her. I do spend lots of time with them though, I only have five.
    she is a well summer, and a year old. My other well summer is not broody anymore first summer that she has not been she is now three this year.
  2. bobbi16
    I had one named Peep, she was my favorite hen and she let me and my kids hold her all the time. One time I left for a few days and when I returned she was the only one who ran up to me like a pet dog excited for me to get home. She unfortunately died, but was a great pet. After we buried her a really large beautiful flowered plant (that was long dead) grew in the place she was buried (kind of like, Where the Red Fern Grows). They are wonderful birds. She also laid an egg almost every day.
  3. FlyWheel
    I have two Black Aussies; one, a rooster attacks me at every opportunity (He is very protective of the hens though, that's why I've kept him). The other is a pullet and is the most gentle and people friendly bird in my flock. Go figure.

    Chickens are weird.
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  5. Equus17
    I am sorry to hear that your experience has not been a positive one. It sounds like you just got a dud! Where did you get her from? I suppose each chicken has their own personality, so it sounds like you got the queen bee, lol. Do you have a rooster to keep her in line? I have heard that that helps, though I am fairly new to chickies so I do not know personally.

    I would say, based on my life experience with horses, there are SO MANY absolutely wonderful ones out there, it is not worth it to waste your time and energy (and in the case of the handful of downright mean horses I have known out of thousands-- it is not worth risking your life!!)-- so go forth and find a hen (Australorp or not) that brings you joy! Let this girl be mean to someone else (or make someone a nice meal, lol).
  6. BoomChickaPop
    I have a ton of BA's and they lay tons of eggs! Some are friendly some aren't. But they LOVE to hatch babies!!
    Mine are nice to humans

    BCP
  7. 10AcreChick
    And they are broody! And good mothers!
  8. mdshec
    I agree. My RIR are most likely Production Reds since I just bought them from my local feed store. I am not sure where they get their chicks from. Just like the chicks I bought as "Americauna's", they are most likely Easter Eggers since they do not lay blue egg. They order in on weekly basis.

    But with that being said, I happen to like the more aggressive breeds since I let them run around my backyard freely with my 4 dogs. The RIR (or production reds) tend to stand up to the dogs more than the others. The only thing that keeps the dogs from chasing the Australorp is that it tends to hide in a corner when the dogs come out.

    One of my dogs has killed a a couple of chickens, but he I have gotten him over that and now he just attacks and kills Dove that come into the chicken coop.
  9. Incukahlan
    I've had a couple from a hatchery act that way, it's rare that I've seen it, but they actually jumped up and pecked my side because I wasn't getting their feed fast enough! Lol.
  10. chickenlady1150
    I have 2 that are just now 17 weeks old and we are also hands on with our flock. They don't readily come to us but are also not really aggressive. One of them does like to peck at my feet so I just tap her head, tell her no and she stops. Their combs are turning bright red so I should start getting eggs soon.

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