The Australorp heritage breed chicken is a large friendly bird originating from Australia.
Heavy Breed, Soft feathered
Male 3.8 - 4.3kg, Female 3.2 - 3.6kg
Tinted or Brown
Approximately 250 eggs per year
$50.00 for 9 to 12 week old pullets
$12.50 for up to 10 day old chicks unsexed
$3.50 for hatching eggs
Australorp heritage breed chickens
Originally breed as a utility bird in Australia from Black Orpington and crossed with Rhode Island Red, then out crossed with Minorca, White Leghorn and Langshan to improve the features of the imported Orpingtons. They also make a good meat bird but with them being so friendly it's hard to eat them.
True Australorps are erect and graceful with the head carried above the tail. The tail should be full and compact. The eyes should be large and prominent, expressive and high on the rounded skull. The comb is single, medium in size, erect and evenly serrated. The wings are compact and carried closely, the ends covered by saddle hacks
Australorps are large and friendly birds, reliable sitters and are extraordinary egg producers with a record being set by a hen laying 364 eggs in a 365 day period Wikipedia. The average bird will lay about 250 eggs a year.
They make great pets and get along fine with other breeds but can sometimes get bullied as they are so placid, especially when they are younger.
The breed come in several colours including black, blue, white and splash.
Here at Feathered Friends we have the black, blue and splash available.