The Australorps Breed of Chicken

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Even if you are fond of chickens, you may not have heard about Australorps. It’s a somewhat rare breed, but one worth learning about! Here is a brief look at this chicken, and why you might want to include them in your coop.

The Australorp is a large, black chicken with very shiny feathers. In the sun their plumage can take on a greenish sheen that is quite pretty. They are commonly mistaken for a Black Jersey Giant, but they differ in both size and the color of the bottoms of their feet. The Australorp is smaller, averaging 6-7 pounds for hens and 7-9 pounds for roosters. They also has a pinkish-white color to the bottom of their feet as opposed to the Jersey Giants, which have yellow.

Registered and recognized as a distinct breed in 1929, the Australorp was specifically bred as a dual-purpose utility chicken. What this means is that it was meant to provide farmers with both meat and eggs. It was bred from English Orpington breed stock, which is how it got its odd name.

Australorps have become famous for their egg-laying abilities. There is one claim that a hen laid 364 eggs in 365 days. This may or may not be true, but one this is for sure; these chickens are good layers. Reliable claims say that if well taken care of, they can average between 250-300 eggs per year. This means you’ll most likely get eggs all winter, a feat other breeds cannot boast! The eggs are a light brown in color, and medium to large size.

This breed has added value as a meat bird. The Australorps hen is generally an excellent brooding hen, which means it will readily sit on a clutch of eggs and take good care of the chicks. Any extra roosters or laying hens can be used to put food on your table!

One of the best things about these Australorps is not in their use for meat or eggs. They have an exceptional temperament. They are so friendly and docile that many people keep them as pets! Some chickens can be dangerous around children, but this breed is perfect for the little ones. There is a bantam version of this breed that would be ideal for a pet.

This is really an excellent breed to choose no matter what your needs might be. They are exceptionally winter-hardy, great layers, brooders, and good meat birds. Another bonus is that they do not generally like to fly too high, so you can keep them in a fenced area without worrying about them escaping.

If you want to get some Australorps, there are many online hatcheries that will be able to send you day-old chicks. They ship them via mail as a perishable item (the chicks do not need food or water the first couple days as they get the nutrition from the egg). Make sure you are able to take them home as soon as they arrive, then just follow whatever directions the hatchery sends with the chicks. Enjoy these truly wonderful chickens!

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