Australorp

Australorp is an abbreviation of Australian black Orpington, and as the name would suggest, the Australorp is a breed that originated in Australia (in approximately 1890), from the English Orpington. The Australorp is well-suited to Australian conditions and is one of the most efficient egg layers as it averages 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. Although they are renowned for their egg laying ability, the Australorp is a durable dual purpose breed as it is also suitable for meat.

Classification

Soft feather-heavy

Appearance

  • Black with a green shine, or
  • Pure white

Weight

Large Australorps

Cock 3.9 – 4.7 Kg
Hen 3.0 – 3.6 Kg
Cockerel 3.2 – 3.6 Kg
Pullet 3.3 – 4.20 Kg

Bantam Australorps

Cock 1.2
Hen 790g
Cockerel 1.6 – 2.1 Kg
Pullet 1.3 – 1. 9 Kg

Egg colour

Light brown/tinted

Painting Courtesy – Suz Craig & Ros Harvey: Roosters & Hens – for the appreciative eye, Ballyhay Books, 2006.