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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
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.
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!
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!
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.
Pros - Friendly
Cons - Can be a bully at times
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.
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!
Pros - Good egg-layers, docile, quiet, their feathers are a shiny green blue in the sunlight.
Cons - aggressive, feather pickers, really mean to other breeds.
I got my australorp with another batch of chicks from a hatchery last Febuary. Very quiet bird and really docile and doesn't mind being pet, wasn't as docile as a chick but as she matured into a hen she was really friendly. She is a year old now. Her eggs are a different color from all the rest of chickens, usually pink with sometimes a purple tint in them. She is a really good egg-layer also, started laying at 4.5 months. They Constantly attack other chickens though and has even drew blood from my other chickens before. Thank goodness I only purchased one because I was thinking of getting more. They would of ended up tearing the flock with bloodshed. Not a terrible chicken breed but I would never would consider purchasing again.
Pros - lays well, good temperament
I had 3 of these hens, hatchery stock. They did well laying most days. of the breeds I have had, RIR, BO, BR, BCM, Leg, One of these hens was the only one I ever had go broody, it was great for the kids to watch her hatch out a couple chicks. Good birds I will get more.
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!