Acquired: Farmyard / Feedstore adoption
Posted May 28, 2015
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...