Australorp’s come from Australia. They get their name from the “Austra” in Australia and “Orp” from Orpington. They were bred between Black Orpingtons. They are known for being one of the greatest laying breeds. The record for an Australorp laying the most eggs is 361 eggs in one year, the second highest amount of eggs for a hen of a particular breed (first being a Leghorn laying 371 eggs in a year). Australorp’s have a fairly good temperament, but some can be skittish and unfriendly.
Size: 7.5-9 pounds
Special features: one of the greatest laying breeds
Cold Hardy: Yes
Confinement: tolerate confinement
Country of Origin: Australia
Eggs per week: 5-6
Recognized by the American Poultry Association: Yes
ALBC Status: Recovering
Temperament: usually tame, but sometimes flighty
A Black Australorp hen.