Black Australorp Breed Characteristics

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Black Australorp chickens where developed by bringing Black Orpington stock from England and crossing them with Australorps from Australia. They also have roots in many other breeds, including Rhode Island Red chickens and Langshans. This breed became a member of England's Standard of Perfection in 1929. When searching for a hardy breed of chicken that are an exceptional egg-layers, black Australorps are a practical choice. This bird is sometimes hard to find, so you might have to do a little research to procure this breed.

Color and Appearance

  • Black Australorps area heavy breed ranging from 7 to 8 pounds in average weight. Baby chicks are black with white underbellies and chins. As the chickens mature, they trade their black and white down for shiny black feathers that take on a green and purple sheen when they stand in the sunlight. They possess a single red comb of brighter color than most chickens. They do not have feathered legs and each foot has 4 toes. The bottoms of their feet are pink, which helps distinguish them from the similar Jersey Giant breed, which has yellow feet.

Eggs and Production

  • This breed has the reputation of being the best layer of brown eggs among the heavy breeds. One hen set a record of laying 364 eggs in one year. For the most part, these chickens will produce as many as 300 eggs in a year, which means they produce eggs through the winter months as well as the warmer seasons. The eggs are medium-sized and light brown. Young chickens may start producing eggs as early as 5 or 6 months old. The hens are good good brooders who take exceptionally good care of their chicks

Temperament

  • These chickens are known for their shy, quiet temperaments. They are easy to handle and do well in close confinement. They are sociable and reside peacefully with their own kind as well as other breeds of chickens. They are a good choice for people who want a pet chicken that will also be a productive egg-layer.

Other Considerations

  • Black Australorps are hardy birds that do well in many climates, especially colder areas with long winter months. Consider raising them for meat purposes as well as egg production, as they are a plump bird and contain a good supply of white meat. They do not have the ability to fly very high, so you can easily them in a fenced-in area.

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