We were fortunate enough to have purchased 1 rooster/4 hens from a breeder with a certified flock of Black Australorps. All birds were 7 months old at the time of purchase. They are just starting to lay eggs, and it sure is nice to be getting daily eggs from the start, and enjoying their full grown beauty as well. After doing much research concerning the different types of breeds, and how they would accommodate our family needs, all fingers pointed to the Black Australorp as the best choice. We have a 4 year old son who has frequent visits from cousins his age group, and we wanted to make sure the flock was not aggressive, or too frighten. Black Australorps are great in both areas-friendly and confident. We also wanted a dual purpose bird for their meat weight, and egg production. Again, the Black Australorp is superior in dual purpose. The Black Australorp set a record for laying the most eggs. In a 365 day period, the Black Australorp laid 364 eggs. Wow, now that's impressive. Of course, expecting such results out of each Australorp is unrealistic. They are rather large birds, and would make a good size meal, although mine are just for egg production and to be spoiled. They also do very well in extreme weather conditions, and last but not least, they are beautiful birds-with their black feathers and mettalic green sheen. They are also large birds which gives them an impressive appearance. Comments, questions, stories, or lessons-information is all welcome. We'd love to hear your experiences with Black Autralorps.