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. allosaurusrock
    Did you get it from a hatchery?
  2. Turk Raphael
    I believe I would get rid of the hostile breeds and keep the more mellow Australorps. I'm just guessing but I suspect you have production reds instead of true RIRs...those are good birds but good Australorps are much better. Just My Opinion.
  3. mamatink7
    we have 6 BA and they are 8 wks now. they are the silkiest of our 20 but they are so flighty!! once we get them to us though, they love to stick around. not sure about eggs yet but i know they love treats.
  4. holm25
    LOL we bought them and everynight she would have a whole bunch of chicks under amd on her!
  5. BlueBaby
    I love the Australorps! I just put 34 of the eggs that I got from you into my incubator last night. After they hatch out I will be able to have them in more colors than just the blacks.
  6. eggsbert
    @Shezadandy I'm glad none of our birds have shown an interest in flying, but they find other ways to cause trouble. We named ours Jessie and Jamie (after Team Rocket on Pokemon because they're trouble).
    Hopefully yours continue to lay well, because ours got of to a good start but then dropped the ball.
    @N F C I'm glad I'm not the only one having this kind of trouble. Otherwise I'd be questioning my animal husbandry skills/technique.
  7. N F C
    Eggsbert, your experience with BA's matches mine. Bossy to the other girls, unsociable towards me, ok layers (but not fantastic). There are too many other breeds to try that I probably won't do these again.
  8. Shezadandy
    @eggsbert we didn't have problems with pecking/biting but boy, kicking and scratching... incredibly strong. No problems within the flock- they were gentle with the others 'growing up' despite their size, and they fall about mid-pack now and are just beginning to lay- so far pretty consistent with one laying the biggest eggs so far, but we don't have months and months of data to look at yet.
  9. Shezadandy
    Our Australorps (purchased as day-olds) were horrible to handle from the time they got fast enough to evade capture and much worse when they found they could fly. It took a lot of persistence to catch them each time I set out to do it ... as they laughed at me constantly. They were not a pleasure to raise. Finally all those catch the chick endeavors became easier as they got bigger (one is now 6.6lbs, other is 5lbs at 23 weeks) and less nimble, catching started getting easier. A couple weeks before they started laying in week 21, one started to squat making catching her dead easy and the other knows if she's cornered she's caught. Being able to catch and handle the birds for health/parasite checks on a regular basis is important-- and not having it be a rodeo is high on the list! Both are now laying consistently and have calmed down, but it took some time and energy to accomplish.
    1. SYLVIA STEVENSON
      Mine are like that...from when we 1st got them. I didn't get to spend a lot of time with them though. I found them more shy and less friendly than the Leghorns they brooded with. I know Leghorn influence didn't help but I really think this batch was just born naturally this way (perhaps too much Mediterranean in their bloodline?). I am still glad I have them because they will probably lay well but they have no friendly qualities at all.
      SYLVIA STEVENSON, Jun 3, 2017
  10. eggsbert
    In my research, I'd read a lot of great things about them, which is why I got them for my first flock. @JessHeller I'm not sure why ours aren't friendly, but the other two I gave to neighbors aren't well liked either. It's possible it's the hatchery so @2oldnow if yours don't friendly up or lay like you want, I probably wouldn't try getting them from the same place. You could try a local breeder or an online hatchery to see if you get better results from a different line if you want to give the breed a second chance.
    From the breeds we're trying for a our first go, our easter eggers were much friendlier to start with.

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