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Australorp Chickens | Australorps Breed Information

February 2nd, 2011 at 11:06

Australorp Chickens Or Australorps Make Great Pets For Children.

Australorps Background & Appearance.

ausralorps chicken pictureAustralorp is a name that derives from Australian Black Orpington. It came about from some Australian stock birds imported into the UK being crossed with Black Orpingtons at around 1920. Therefore the Australorp can claim to have both Australian and British origins.

Australorps are a heavy soft feathered bird, the majority being black in colour, which gives hints of metallic purple and green in sunlight.  Blue-laced and white colours also occur.

The comb is single and serrated of medium size and stands upright. They are a large bird, but if you want to keep pet chickens for very small children, ther is also a bantam variety.

Caring For Your Australorps

australorps pictureAustralorps are very easy to keep, an ideal bird for the novice chicken keeper. They also become very tame so make ideal pet chickens. There is no animosity between these chickens, they are one of the least aggresive fowl.

The birds are very active but don’t mind being confined to a run, but if you can let them roam more the better. Runs don’t need a fence higher than a couple of  feet as the Australorp is a poor flier, taking after its Orpington genes.

These chickens are a very hardy bird and don’t require any specialist care, I’d definitely recommend them as a great starter bird.

Australorp Chickens Eggs & Broodiness.

Another positive reason for getting Australorps is they are superb egg layers and lay on well into the darker months, without the need for artificial lighting. You can expect 250 light brown eggs a year from your girls.

In fact a few egg laying records have been set by this breed, in the early 1920′s a flock of 6 hens laid 1,857 eggs over 1 year. That’s an average of over 309 eggs per hen over the 12 month period. A few years later an Australorp hen laid 364 eggs in 365 days! So if you choose this breed get ready for a lot of eggs.

The hens also make great mums, whilst not being over broody, they do like to sit after the roosters visited and they even take in turns to sit on others eggs, to give the new mum a break.

As You’ve Probably Gathered, I Like Australorps, They’re A Great Pet Hen, Love Children, & Will Provide You With Lots Of Fresh Eggs…

The video below shows three hens and their chicks just scratching around the yard, enjoy…

 

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