Hatching February to June.
The Austra White is a cross between a Black Australorp and White Leghorns. It is a chicken developed for people who desire an abundance of white eggs and a calm hen to produce them.
Production: Austra Whites are excellent layers, and you can expect more than 250 eggs per year from each hen. Additionally, they can also be raised as meat birds because they reach a nice, heavy weight.
Temperament: Austra Whites are known to be quite tame and docile.
History: Austra Whites were developed in the early 1900s. Many people who raise Leghorns do so because they want a prolific layer of white eggs, but then find they do not like the nervous and flighty nature of the breed.
By crossing the calm Australorp with the prolific laying Leghorn, breeders ended up with a bird that is tame and calm but that also lays lots of eggs. Because it is a crossbreed, or a hybrid, and not a true breed, it is best to plan on ordering more when you are ready to expand your flock, rather than trying to breed more yourself. Mating a male Austra White with a female Austra White will not result in Austra White chicks.
While Austra Whites are calm and excellent layers, they are not recognized by the American Poultry Association because they are not a true breed.
Colors: Austra Whites are mostly white, with black flecks.
Body Type: Austra Whites have sturdy, heavy bodies, with red combs and wattles.
Weights: Rooster 6.5 lbs, Hen 5 lbs, Cockerel 5.5 lbs, Pullet 3.5 lbs