Chicken Breed Focus - Australorp

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. sumi

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    The Australorp is an Australian breed which was developed from Black Orpingtons imported into Australia starting around 1890. The egg laying ability of the Orpingtons was emphasized by the Australian breeders, and other breeds including Minorca, Leghorns, and Langshans were bred into the lines to increase egg production and decrease broodiness. The result was a bird with exceptional egg laying ability. They were popular entries in egg laying contests in the day, and for years Australorps held many of the world egg laying records, one hen famously laying 364 eggs in 365 days.

    These "Australian Black Orpingtons" were given the name Australorp around 1920. Australorps were exported in the US and England in the 1920’s, where they were an immediate hit because of their great egg laying ability, and they remain a very popular breed to this day.

    Australorps are a medium sized breed. The APA recognises only one color, the original Black, but there are several other colors developed by breeders, including Blue and White, which is recognized in Australia.

    They tend to be calm, docile, fairly quiet birds, with nice temperaments and they make good pets. The roosters are generally good natured. They are dependable winter layers of big brown eggs, fairly heat tolerant despite the usually black feathers, and quite cold hardy. They generally do not fly well and take well to confinement. The hens will occasionally go broody and make good mothers. They are very popular with backyard flock owners looking for a friendly productive brown egg layer, and small flock owners looking for a duel purpose breed with hens that have excellent laying ability.

    It was recognized by the APA in 1929 and it is on The Livestock Conservancy's Recovering list.

    Details:

    Breed purpose: Duel Purpose, egg layer.
    Comb Type: Single
    Broodiness: Occasional
    Climate Tolerance: Heat tolerant, Cold hardy
    Weight: Roosters 8.5 lbs, Hens 6.5 lbs.
    Egg Productivity: Good
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Brown


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    Australorp Hen, picture @Dees Hens

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    Australorp Chick, picture @Shawneegyrl

    Link to the BYC Breed reviews.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/australorp

    Link to the General breed discussions & FAQ threads.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/316084/australorps-breed-thread/0_20

    Link to the Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the Standard of Perfection thread.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/882318/australorps-breeding-for-sop-and-exhibition-thread/0_20

    Thread on egg Laying Age.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ustralorps-begin-to-lay-their-first-eggs/0_20
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    Thanks for the focus on Australorps. They are my favorite standard breed. I've raised them for years (still have them in my flock), and they are extremely hardy, calm and gentle (my children and granddaughter made lap pets of them), and excellent layers of large, brown eggs (as you stated in your article). :eek:)
     
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  3. maddogdodge

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    Definitely the best breed around :D Thanks for using my photos.


    Can't wait until this spring when i can start hatching some Australorp chicks!!
     
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  4. galvinj

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    Picking up four 3 month old Australorp pullets this Sunday! Can't wait
     
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  5. srutan23

    srutan23 In the Brooder

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    Just got one on Tuesday and she is already creeping into my heart. She is so friendly. Her name is Beyonce.
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  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the word

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    Michael, I would LOVE to see your birds!! :)
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the word

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    OH!!!! My FAVORITE breed!!!! These birds have to be the MOST friendly and docile of all the breeds. If raised from chicks and handled well, they grow to be VERY affectionate birds. ALL my Aussies are lap sitters, they beg for attention and will come running to see me even without the goodies. My girls are 4+ years old and are still laying well, very healthy and docile with each other as well. I just CAN'T say enough about these birds!!

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  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the word

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  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    I'll see if I can get some pics and get them loaded. I usually end up having to get my daughter's help on these things as she's the technology proficient one when it comes to photos and videos. That's why it took me so long to get our Japan trip photos posted; I had to wait on her help. :eek:)
     
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