Australorp Chicken

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The basics:
The Australorp Chicken is a large, dual-purpose breed which was developed in Australia in the early 1900’s. According to the Australorp Club of Australia. "Large importations to Australia of William Cooks original strains of Black Orpingtons were made in the late nineteenth century. As the looser feathered exhibition-type Orpington evolved, the original birds were bred on in Australia as superior layers and meat birds and became known as Utility Black Orpingtons. Some Australian Langshan blood was infused. The name Australorp was adopted in Australia by 1930."

Types: Bantam and Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Blue
Uses: Eggs and Meat
Bantam: 1.5 - 2lb
Largefowl: 6.5 - 8.5lb
Personality: The Australorp is a gentle bird, that usually blends into the family and a mixed flock with ease.
Broody: Yes, hatchery stock less inclined
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra large

What else you should know:
In extremely cold weather, the Australorp can develop frostbitten or chapped combs. Rubbing oil onto the combs and wattles will help, but heating the coop is the only way to completely avoid frostbite.

The Australorp looks very similar to the Jersey Giant breed. If you are confused, take a close look at your birds feet. Australorps have black legs with white soles. Jersey Giants have yellow soles.


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