Blue Australorp breeder (on very small scale) all the way from Western Australia

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CB and CG, May 9, 2013.

  1. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us!
  2. RattlesnakeRidgeWV

    RattlesnakeRidgeWV Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2011
    Hedgesville, WV
    Greetings from the USA. We have talked before on the BA thread. I just found this thread. I sent you a PM for your email address. I want to pick your brain for next years breeding with my blue and splash project.
    Kurt aka RattlesnakeRidgeWV.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2013
  3. newburt

    newburt Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2013
    Mize Mississippi
    I am an australorp lover and currently have several blacks. I have been wanting to breed for the blue but really dont know where to start. Any advice for a newbie?
  4. CB and CG

    CB and CG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi newburt,
    Since you do not have many blue Australorps in America yet, you obviously want to start your own line.
    Firstly find a great laced Blue Orpington. it is important that it has very good lacing though. By using a well laced blue rather than a splash will save you a lot of time with better results.
    Cross your blue Orpington to black Australorps. Keep the blues and sell the blacks as crossbreeds.
    Cross this your first gen back to Black Australorps and once again keep blues and sell blacks as crossbreeds.
    Repeat this for another 3 generations and then you have Your base line of Blue Australorps.
    Once you have your line of Blues select only the best to breed with according to the SOP (eg dark eyes, black/slate legs, right type)
    Hope this was clear, if not I can clarify it for you.
    Realistically this project will take an absolute MINIMUM of five to seven years as you are creating a variety within a breed.
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  5. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2009

    I am looking forward to learning more about your Blue Austrolopes I hope you post more on the tab under Chicken Breeds

  6. newburt

    newburt Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2013
    Mize Mississippi
    Thank you for your hasty response!!! This was very helpful and I look forward to talking more about this.
  7. FreeRanging Hen

    FreeRanging Hen Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 7, 2013
    Western Australia
    Hello CB and CG, also from Western Australia.
    I couldn't find the Orpingtons I wanted in the last few years either so earlier this year, we decided to go with LF Australorps and Barnevelders (apparently we have bantam Australorps in Australia now?). I don't think I fancy the Orpingtons as much anymore LOL I have definately fallen for the two breeds we have here now.... and I figure that I'm not completely unfaithful to Orps, seeing as they were implemented largely in the makings of the Australorp breed [​IMG]
    TheWeaver: There WAS an Orpington breeder in Cuballing or Narrogin about 5 years back I believe, so it may pay to ring the Narrogin Poultry Club and ask about Orpington breeder contact details?

    We were blessed with one blue Australorp pullet, but she's nowhere as pretty as yours and her colour is dirty. I didn't originally buy with the intention of improving the breed, or maintaining standards (just a little fluffy cuteness for the kids) but things have changed and I got hooked and am now looking to establish our own line (we have 3 Australorp pullets only atm) to work on/maintain. Of course, this takes finding a breeder who has already done so much work and asking for some eggs to hatch and continue their years' dedications with.... I feel awful even THINKING about asking someone for all that! (but how is one supposed to start, with poor quality birds?)

    Where are you located in Perth?
    I've been looking for fertile Australorp eggs to replace our old laying X breed flock out with and 3 pullets isn't going to do the job [​IMG] I've not yet seen any quite as pretty as yours.
    My hubby drives up to Perth weekly for work, so I can send him around to pick up when the bator's ready to go again.
    (Unless you're the breeder my hubby is supposed to see on Thursday? In which case, I give him permission to buy more because your birds are stunning!)

    Looking forward to watching your Australorps evolve and grow and hopefully learning some more about this beautiful breed from you and other people in this forum.
    Will head over to the Aussie thread, now that I know there is one.... well, maybe in the morning. It appears my evening coffee has worked and it magically just became midnight. Oops.
  8. micah O

    micah O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2013
    at the computer.
    Nice looking birds you got. Look foreword to what you will put on next[​IMG]
  9. CB and CG

    CB and CG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sent a PM FreeRanging Hen:)
  10. 1Chick2Chick

    1Chick2Chick New Egg

    May 1, 2013
    Hi, welcome to BYC [​IMG]I am also from Perth & currently looking to add to my flock, I am looking for girls aged between 20-30 weeks.
    Do you have any available in this age group? Also what suburb are you located?

    TIA, Kirsty

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