Day Old Black Austalorp Baby Chicks
Hatching year round.
Looking for a chicken that will lay eggs consistently? The Black Australorp was developed in Australia where flock keepers needed a breed that would lay consistently even when the weather was very hot. Black Australorps have a single comb and are very cold hardy.
Production: You can expect 200-280 brown eggs from an Australorp hen each year. The hens are broody. They have white skin and weigh approximately 5 pounds at maturation.
Temperament: Docile, dignified, calm, and sweet are just a few of the words that are used to describe the Black Australorp. They don’t mind being confined and tend to be a little shy. The Black Australorp has good foraging ability.
History: The Black Australorp was developed in Australia, from Black Orpingtons imported from England, hence the name: Austral for Australia and Orp for Orpington. Before the name was widely adopted they were also called Australian Orpingtons and Australian Laying Orpingtons. Australorps are smaller than English Orpingtons and are more dependable layers.
The first Australorps in the United States were imported in the early 1920s, and they were accepted into the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection in 1929.
APA Class: English
Color Description: Black Australorps, are, of course, black, but in the sunlight you can see hints of purple and green, so simply thinking of them as “black” doesn’t do the breed justice. They are beautiful birds!
Conservation Status: Recovering
Weight: Cockerel 7.5 lbs, Pullet 5.5 lbs