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.
Calm Chicken, dual purpose bird, friendly personality, beautiful chickens, home meat production
vocal adult chickens
beetle green sheen, inquisitive birds, pretty black feathers, lovely brown eggs, great foragers
Black like their hearts
Of all the chickens we own, these are some of the crankiest. They aren't as bad as the Rhode Island Reds, but our Australorp rooster will probably be the next to be culled from our flock. He is a beautiful black color with hints of iridescence in his plumage, but he is so mean. The hens aren't as bad, but they are not going to be our best pals anytime soon. We were not impressed with their egg laying either. They tend to lay small, tan eggs in fewer numbers than our other chickens. They are still a nice chicken, but they just aren't the best chicken for our situation. .
From Aphebus Jun 17 2018 2:23AM
Highly Contagious Chicks should be Vaccinated
If chicks are purchased from a hatchery they are usually vaccinated for Marek's before they are mailed to you or you are given the option of having them vaccinated. You can also purchase the vaccine and administer it to your chickens yourself or have a veterinarian that deals with fowl give the vaccine. Marek's is a highly contagious viral disease that causes a plethora of issues and there is no treatment. Some chickens will not be affected or show symptoms even if they have the disease. A vaccinated bird is capable of spreading the virus to other birds so all birds should be vaccinated. The virus can leave for months in a coop even if the affected chickens have been removed. .
From Mia B 404 days ago
Great Eggs; Poor Companionship
My Australorps were great layers. They produced 5-6 eggs a week that were extra-large to extra-jumbo sized. Two of our hens regularly produce double yolkers which was always a fun treat for the family. The flavoring of the eggs is good, and the coloring of the shell is a healthy brown.
Socially, these gals aren't the greatest. Though non-aggressive, they do prefer to keep a slight distance from visitors, especially young children. They will tolerate being held, but typically attempt escape in order to avoid handling. Perhaps in relation to their decreased socialization, they are very quiet birds, and I believe they would do well in small suburban areas.
In appearance they are fairly plain. If you look closely, however, their feathers do have a gorgeous dichromatic green hue, but beyond that this breed is not for show.
They are a hardy breed, and they fared well through our painfully long and cold winters.
As our family has grown- six kids in counting now- I find myself torn between the desire to own this breed again. Their lack of social drive, though fine by me, is not a great quality in regards to the children's desires of gallivanting around the farm and pursuing their petting zoo dreams. Though I was very attached to them, I prefer my livestock to develop a bond with me, and that just did not exist on their part. But those double yolkers....
From Anniecalkins May 28 2015 3:49PM