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. 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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    Grits&Eggs likes this.
  2. jennajolynne
    "Friendliest Chook"
    Pros - Friendly
    Solid Layer
    Cold Hardy
    Cons - Can be a bully at times
    5B46CDA3-D020-4811-B5EC-27295AFC08B1.jpeg My australorp Aggie is my favorite bird. She follows me all over the yard looking for treats. She is an avid layer of beautiful eggs and a great forager while free ranging. She is at the top of the totem pole but this doesn’t bother me because there will always be a pecking order.
  3. mysunraedreams
    "Sweet and gentle, excellent layer"
    Pros - Quiet. Good city chicken.
    Cons - None
    What a sweet and loving bird! They follow me around when I'm working in the yard. When in their coop, they sit and wait for me to walk by then jump up onto their pirch and hold a conversation with me. They follow my spoken directions for when to coop-up. I just love these girls.

    5 star bird!
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  1. 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.
  2. 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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  4. 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).
  5. 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

  6. 10AcreChick
    And they are broody! And good mothers!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. allosaurusrock
    Did you get it from a hatchery?

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