Australorps is a breed made famous in the early 1920s due to a large number of eggs they produce annually. Before the breed officially got its name, breeders struggled to differentiate them from Orpingtons.
|Skill Level||Beginner Friendly|
|Recognized Varieties||Blue, Black, White|
|Eggs Production (annual)||250 on average|
|Egg Color(s) Possible||Light Brown, Brown|
|Purpose||Dual purpose, eggs, and meat.|
|Average Weight||7 – 9 pounds|
|Temperament||Hardy and Docile|
History of Breed
Country of Origin of the Australorp
The Australorp originated in Australia in the early 1900s with the purpose of creating a dual purpose bird.
What Year Was the Australorp Bred
The Australorp breed was created well before it officially got its name. The first use of the name Australorp was in the early 1920s.
This name given was to pay tribute to the origin country of of which the breed was created, Australia, and also to Orpingtons from which the breed was created.
Temperament and Personality
Australorps tend to be tame and mild. They are less noisy than other breeds, are suitable for urban environments, but are rather large and require adequate space.
Australorp Eye Color
Australorp’s should have a dark brown eye color.
There is only recognized color of Australorp by the American Poultry Association and that is Black. However, there are other color varieties such as blue and white.
How Much Do Australorps Weigh
The average weight of an Australorp is between 5 to 9 pounds..
- Male: Large: 7-9lbs
Bantam: 2-2.7 lbs
- Female:Large: 5–7 lbs
Bantam: 1.5–2.5 lbs
Egg Laying and Broodiness
How many eggs per year do an Australorp produce?
An Australorp will produce about 250 eggs each year during it’s peak performance.
Australorps will occasionally enter a broody phase. However, Australorps are not reliable enough to sit on eggs until they hatch.