Posted Nov 16, 2014
We purchased Australorp chicks with a group order based on what we had read about the breed in various breed books. The biggest selling point was the fact that a record holding layer hen had been an Australorp with over 300 eggs laid in one year. Since our emphasis was eggs for that order, we stocked up on several of those. They grow to a medium sized full bodied bird and have one of the prettier chicken faces, if a chicken face can be called pretty. They have big brown eyes and deep red combs and wattles. They are very quiet birds, so might be a great fit for the urban neighborhood, backyard kind of chicken. They seem to mind their own business, quietly go about their work and lay some eggs. I have not noticed that they lay more eggs than some of the other breeds and have not proven to be a standout or leaps and bounds beyond some of the other heavy production breeds but they are a pleasant bird to have and keep. They are not flashy or full of personality, but they are very tame and pleasant company in the barnyard.