Black Australorps, an Australian breed, selected for high egg production, were developed primarily from Black Orpingtons that were exported from England in the 1890s to early 1900. Australian breeders selected these large Black Orpingtons because of their efficient egg production and Orpington shape. Today, the Black Australorp is still a favorite egg producer in small backyard flocks with their quiet, docile, friendly nature. Despite their record-breaking egg production, they are still considered a dual-purpose breed that grows at a good rate and has a well-fleshed carcass. Hens begin to lay around 4-5 months of age with adequate daylight hours. Their plumage is pure black with an intense beetle-green sheen that is breathtaking when seen in the sunlight. Their legs and toes are black while the bottoms of the feet are white. These fluffy, cold hardy birds are great foragers and do well in confinement. Often broody, this bird makes a great mother if you are looking to hatch some chicks!
- Bird Purpose: Dual Purpose, Eggs, Meat
- Egg Production Rate: Females ONLY; 250 Eggs/Year
- Egg Color: Brown
- Egg Size: Large
- Bird Characteristics: Quiet, Docile, very friendly, Fluffy, Cold hardy, Tend to go broody, Excellent mothers, Bears confinement well
- Mature Weight: Male 8 lb. Female 6.5 lbs
- Package Quantity: 10 baby chicks