- Apr 6, 2008
My local feed store is going to be getting some Black Australorps in on Tuesday. From what I have read they tend to be calm and non-aggressive. Is this true? My first experience with chickens kind of turned out badly. I bought some RIR's and you couldn't go near them without them pecking at you and drawing blood. We raised them from chicks too, so I don't know if it was just some bad bloodlines or what because I've read that some RIR's can be very nice. Right now I have 5 sex-link chickens which are very nice, but I would like to expand my flock and try a new breed. I have a few questions about them. What are their temperaments like? Are they good layers? I am thinking about trying free-range, right now I have a chicken tractor. I have read they are pretty big chickens so would a 5ft. fence be ok to free-range them in?