As the name would suggest Australorp is an Australian chicken breed (arrived in 1890) and is also an abbreviation of Australian black Orpington. The Australorp originates from the English Orpington. The Australorp is well-suited to Australian conditions and is one of the most efficient egg layers, averaging over 300 eggs per hen per year in a commercial setting. However, backyard poultry producers should not expect more than 250 eggs a year. The Black Australorp is an ideal bird for free range production as they have a good temperament. A durable bird they are suitable for both eggs and meat.
|Cock||3.9 – 4.7 Kg|
|Hen||3.0 – 3.6 Kg|
|Cockerel||3.2 – 3.6 Kg|
|Pullet||3.3 – 4.20 Kg|
|Cockerel||1.6 – 2.1 Kg|
|Pullet||1.3 – 1. 9 Kg|
Painting Courtesy – Suz Craig & Ros Harvey: Roosters & Hens – for the appreciative eye, Ballyhay Books, 2006.
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