Breed Rating (18 Reviews)
The Australorp was developed as a utility breed in Australia in the 1920s from the Black Orpington primarily for egg production rather than for its meat. The name originates from the club which was founded for them, The Austral Orpington Club. They are excellent layers of tinted eggs and hold the world record for egg production as a hen of the breed laid 364 eggs in 365 days! They are smaller and neater than Orpingtons but still have a lot of meat on them. The feathers of the black birds have a wonderful beetle-green sheen and they have a prominent dark eye. Their comb is single and evenly serrated while their earlobes are red as are their medium length wattles. Their black legs are strong and free from feathers and they have 4 toes.
The Australorp is an active breed and they are fast growers with hens reaching point of lay at around five months of age. They are amazingly productive and are not prone to broodiness. They make good pets as they are calm and friendly birds although they are a little heavy for children to pick up. There is a Ã‚Â¼ sized bantam version though which would be much more suitable for children to keep as pets. They will happily live in runs but they do enjoy being allowed to free range. They aren't good fliers so fencing doesn't need to be particularly high. They are also very hardy and will stand cold weather well. An Australorp cock will weigh in at around 8Ã‚Â½ lbs while the hens tend to be in the region of 6Ã‚Â½lbs.
There are two colours the black which has feathers with a lustrous green sheen and the blue whose feathers are slate blue feathers with darker lacing.
Australorps For Sale
Please note: All chickens listed here are for collection only. They cannot be delivered by the seller or by Omlet. The seller will send you their contact details to arrange payment and collection.
Description: We are selling some of the best of this year’s birds in unrelated pairs. There are some lovely examples for you to choose from, and the Australorps in the photos are some of the birds that you can now buy. The cockerels are well developed, handsome birds with a great temperament, and the hens are very friendly and just coming into lay, some have just started. If you are not familiar with this breed, in short they are large friendly utility birds that have beautiful black and petrol green plumage, best seen in sunlight. They are exceptional layers and the cockerels are generally easy to handle and not aggressive.