The name Black Australorp is an abbreviation for the Australian Black Orpington, which is appropriate since they were developed in Australia from Black Orpingtons. Most of the emphasis in choice was for egg production. This breed is one of the most prolific egg producers of brown eggs and is known for persistence of lay or laying at a high rate for an extended period. Black Australorp hens are known for their ability to continue to produce eggs very efficiently even when the weather is very hot. Hen mature size is large enough that they can be used for meat following their use as laying hens.
The green sheen of this solid black plumage bird presents a truly beautiful sight, particularly when the sun is reflecting off the plumage. The eyes of Black Australorp chickens are brown and the beak is black. Comb, face, wattles, and ear lobes are bright red. The comb of both males and females are straight, medium in size and is evenly serrated with five distinct points. The back is moderately long, broad its entire length, slightly sloping downward from shoulders to center of back, then rising in a gradually increasing concave sweep of the tail. The breast is moderately deep, well rounded and carried well forward. The shanks are black in young birds and slate in older birds. The bottoms of feet and toes of the Black Australorp are pinkish white.
Black Australorp chicks are primarily black with white wing tips, chest, and abdomen. They have single, serrated combs. The legs and feet do not have feathers and are white with some black.
Approx. 240 -280 Brown Eggs/Yr | Males 8.5# & Females 6.5#
- Poultry Show Class: English Class
- Weights: Hen: 6 1/2 lbs Rooster: 8 1/2 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Production, Egg Laying, Meat
- Egg Shell Color: Brown
- Egg Production: 240-280 eggs per year
- Egg Size: Large
- Temperament: Active Yet Gentle
- Broody: Setter
- Country of Origin: Australia
- APA: Yes, Recognized by the American Standard of Perfection in 1929.
- ALBC: Recovering Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed
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