Australorp Standard Chicken
The name of the Australorp Chicken is an abbreviation of Australian Black Orpington and was claimed by Mr W Cook to be the origin of the Orpington having gone to Australia and later returned as a more utility bird. The Australorp Standard Chicken’s came back into Britain in 1921 and remain a very docile utility bird the main differences being a tighter / flatter feathering than the Orpingtons and a longer body shape.
Characteristics: The Australorp Chickens is a medium weight, active bird laying a tinted egg and is a valuable bird for those who like eggs without sacrificing too much value in meat quality. A deep long bodied very placid bird with a full breast compact wings and very pronounced eyes within a clear unfeathered face. White soles to the feet and white toe nails, large and miniature available.
- Standard Weights: Cock-8-1/2 pounds; hen-6-1/2 pounds; cockerel 7-1/2 pounds; pullet-5-1/2 pounds.
- Skin Color: White.
- Egg Shell Color: Tinted/Brown.
- Use: A medium fowl with fairly good egg production potential.
- Origin: Australia
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.