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. MROO
    "Nice Overview"
  2. OK_to_WA_Farms
    "Love her!!"
    Pros - Hilarious personality, regular layer, great at flock protection, never been broody
    Cons - FAST and nearly impossible to catch
    We LOVE our Australorp! She is hilarious, an awesome forager, and her eggs are delicious! She has done well in our backyard flock - tolerates being kept in her run and free ranging. She tells the other hens when danger is near and is always reliable at rounding the other hens before going to safety herself. Love love love this hen! 2018-01-27 04.04.36 1.jpg
    BlackHackle likes this.
  3. Kentucky girlz
    "Mine's a talker"
    Pros - Sweet, friendly and hearty, but a bit of a diva
    Cons - none
    I had 2 Black Australorps and both of them had VERY big personalities. One was the 'runt' of my first flock and she ended up dying early at just 15 months. She was the friendliest chicken we had and would quietly sit on your lap. The other one is still going strong at 3+ years and this one is a 'talker'. She is not quiet at all like the breed standard which just goes to show that you can't always go by the 'norm' She is SO funny though and will talk back to you the entire time you are outside.
    This breed may be cold hardy, but she is the only one who will stay in the run if there is a little bit of snow on the ground. Don't get me wrong, the others don't like snow either and won't come out if it's an inch or more, but Zelda will stay inside and yell about it if there is just a dusting and she's the first to run in when it starts to rain.
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    BlackHackle, besorto and Grits&Eggs like this.

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  1. Bugseye
    I had two Australorps in my flock of six, and I just loved them! Unhappily, one became the butt of the pecking order; it got so bloody that I rehomed her for her own good. Just a few months ago the second became egg-bound, and my efforts to free her up were fruitless. Eventually, someone culled her for me. I was heartbroken.Do you know whether Australorps have more tendency to become egg-bound than other breeds?
  2. Little Fuzzy
    Thanks for that! I was considering getting an Austrlorp. My Blue Wyandotte won't lay so I need a good layer.
  3. AustralorpsAU
    I agree. Love my Lorps
  4. Turk Raphael
    I hope you mean each of them... lol...Just having some fun with you. I really like the Australorp breed and fully intend to have a few again in the future. Enjoy YOUR birds!!
  5. Hybridchucks
    Beautiful colours! But do they make great broodies?
  6. mustangrooster
    Australorps sure do have too come under my favourite breeds. I Have one pure Australorp girl and a couple of mixed ones. The pure one is my best brooder! She is a excellent mother and very reliable layer. She'll sit in the nest for hours until she's laid a good big egg, sometimes i'll find one of my girls (maybe her) have laid twice in one day! Australorps make stunning pets as well, She'll meet me at the gate every morning looking for her treats! Very gorgeous creatures. I'd definitely recommend these girls to everyone. The Australorp roos can be a bit of a handful. I have one... and more than twice he has tried to attack me. But he is very protective of his girls, Very stunning looks I must say.But He even comes to meet me at the pen gate every morning!
  7. HappyClucker7
    I have two girls and they are the best. They are really nice and have beautiful plumage. Out of my six girls ( two Barred Rocks, two RIRs and two Australorps), my Australorp, Peppa was the first to lay. They are both supper cute though and I absolutely adore them. I would give this breed five stars and I would recommend these ckickens to everyone.
  8. firestomp
    Hens yes, my rooster is a son of a gun. No one would put up with Big Jake. He has cut me, spurs so sharp it went through a pair of jeans, and hit me so hard on the hand they thought he broke a bone, turned out to be an infection $700 later. was a tiny spot.
    At any rate he has damaged the feathers on the backs of 8 hens, little red to the point of looking plucked. He has and is in jail. Yes in jail. I have a large free standing rabbit cage outside the pen. He gets out to run the yard, puts himself back in jail every night. Then the girls get to run the yard the next day. He is DE-SPURRED NOW, I used a dremmel tool a thick cut off disc, and they are cut off a 1/4 inch from his leg. NO it didn't hurt him. There are no nerves in that area, and the tool turns so fast, it coterises the blood vessels from the heat as it goes through. When he gets me now (your back is always turned before he will do it) then he is stuck in his cell for 3 days. The cage is covered, gets sun and shade, and he has all items needed to live there. The girls are getting their back feathers again, and he will be returned to the flock in early winter. I don't need fertile eggs now anyways. NOTE, he is afraid of a broom and a net, nothing else, so if he's out, I tell others to take the broom just in case if they want to look at the rabbits.
    I can't put him down, he's BIG JAKE. hahaha
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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