Black Australorps

Australorps were bred from a variety of breeds in Australia, including Black Orpingtons from which they take their name. They were bred as utility birds, and have a good egg laying rate, currently holding the world record for most eggs laid in a year, with 364. However, this was in the 1920’s, when the breed had a better laying rate. Australorps are unofficially considered the chicken of Australia.
  • Appearance:
    • Male: Black feathering with a very prominent beetle green sheen. Tails are held high and they have a very broad front. They have a large single comb, and other large facial features such as the wattle, and earlobes.
    • Female: Same as male but with a less prominent green sheen. They also have a somewhat lower tail, and smaller comb.
    • Face: Red
    • Comb: They have a large red single comb
    • Earlobes: Red
    • Skin color: White
    • Beak color: Black
    • Eyes: Dark brown or black
  • Weight: Rooster-8.5 Hen-6.5 Cockerel-7.5 Pullet-5.5*
  • Purpose: Australorps are dual purpose*
  • Origin: Australia
  • Common: Yes
  • Egg color: Light brown
  • Egg size: Medium to Large
  • Eggs a week/year: 4-5 eggs a week/200-250 eggs a year
  • Broody: Sometimes, though they will even raise others eggs and chicks.*
  • Confinement: Australorps do not usually try to escape.
  • Compatibility: Often low in the pecking order, Australorps are compatible with other chickens.
  • Hardy: Generally Australorps are hardy in hot and cold weather.
  • Bantam: Yes, there is a bantam form of the Australorps.
  • Personality: Generally friendly, and social with others. They may submit and be bullied occasionally however.
  • Available from: *
A good layer, along with a simple yet beautiful look, makes this chicken a complete package for backyard chicken owners.

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