Australorp

Average User Rating:
5/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Very Common
    Climate Tolerance:
    Dont tolerate extreme heat well
    Egg Productivity:
    medium/high
    Egg Size:
    large/extra large
    Egg Color:
    light brown
    Breed Temperament:
    very friendly, even roosters
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black, Blue (not recognized)
    Breed Size:
    very large
    APA/ABA Class:
    English
    Color:
    Black
    Australorps were originally developed in Australia, thus their name. They are very cold hardy and lay prolifically throughout the summer and winter. hey lay less in the fall because of their huge molts and in the spring they tend to get broody. They are great mothers sometimes raising two batches of chicks a year. The roosters can reach fifteen pounds and the hens can reach about ten. Despite their size they have a suprisingly gentle demeanor. Roosters should be handled lots as chicks so they are not over protective of their hens, however they tend to not be on the aggressive side. They can be very good 4h birds for older youth as they stay calm and collected in the showring (small children may not be able to lift them though :)) Overall an excellent breed to add to any backyard flock, as long as you dont have close neighbors since the roosters' crow is very loud!
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Recent User Reviews

  1. CrazyHenLady386
    5/5,
    "Australorps"
    Pros - AMAZING MOTHERS!
    Hens lay throughout the winter
    Roosters are EXCELLENT flock guardians
    Cuddly!
    Cons - Cant think of any!
    THESE BIRDS ARE AMAZING!!!
    My backyard flock was not complete without these fluffy babies! I never knew another rooster that loved chilling on my lap on warm summer mornings! He still literally crawls on to my lap and goes to sleep. He's like a big, black puppy! Of course I had to handle him lots when he was a chick but it was very worth it! The hens are excellent mothers, 2 out of six will go broody each spring. The rest of the year they are laying like their life depends on it! Sometimes the rooster is a little hard on the hens, pulling their back feathers out, but he would lay down his life for them. When my rooster would find a tasty bug in the grass he would call his ladies over and let them eat it, almost never keeping anything for himself. These are incredible birds that should go in EVERY backyard flock! GET THEM! YOU'RE MISSING OUT!:celebrate:ya
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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  1. Abriana
    I have heard that the roosters are great-not aggressive to people or each other. I don't have them, but i have done a lot of research on Australorps. I have heard that the hens are excellent layers as well, and won laying trials during the 1930s and 40s.
  2. LeGardenChicken
    BEST HENS EVER!

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