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.
|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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