About Astralorp Chickens
Australorps are the Australian take on the Orpington breed.
They are calm and friendly, and excellent layers of light brown eggs. The
Australorp's exceptionally soft, shiny black plumage has hints of green and
purple in the sunlight. Peaceful and dignified, Australorps are an absolutely
delightful bird which we highly recommend to anyone who wants a pet chicken
that lays dependably.
This breed originated in Australia developed from Black
Orpingtons imported from England; and the emphasis of the breeding program was
on egg production without sacrificing too much in size and meat quality. Some
sensational results were made in the Australian program, and one hen set a
laying record of 364 eggs in 365 days. Introduced into this country in the
1920's, they have become useful and popular and are certainly one of the best
layers of light brown eggs of all the heavy breeds. A flock ofBlack Australorps have
glossy black plumage which has a greenish-purple sheen. They are big birds,
cockerels weighing 6 to 8 pounds at maturity and pullets 5 to 7. They have a
pinkish white skin and plump bodies which dress out nicely once the birds have
their final plumage. Pullets mature early and many will be in production
between 5 and 6 months of age. They are quiet, gentle, and stand confinement
well. Baby chicks are black with a good deal of white in the underparts and
small white patches around the head and wings. We have handled this breed for
years and think it is one of the best of the heavy breeds.