Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Dec 31, 2012
I have two black Australorp hens which I acquired when they were about 19 weeks old. It seemed to take forever for them to begin laying. One of my hens was predisposed to laying shelless eggs in the beginning. The other rockets them out with such force that they tend to crack on the narrow side despite having thick shells. While I love my hens and find them to be the easiest to handle of all of my flock, I have to admit that they are not the brightest bulbs in the box. They have definitely become more intelligent with age but in their younger days they acted a bit stupid and tended to do better under the care of a rooster. They are not especially picturesque when compared to my other chickens either. In the future I will probably opt for Black Orpingtons instead.