The name Australorp is short for Australian Black Orpington, developed in Australia from the English Orphington in the 1890’s. It is a prolific layer, over 300 eggs per year in commercial flocks and around 250 eggs per year in a backyard flock.
The bird is fantastic for free range as it is hardy and calm tempered. it is a true dual purpose breed that lays a lot of eggs and has a good meat carcass.
The are black with soft feathers with a green sheen or pure white.
Rooster will weigh six to eight pounds, hens will weigh five to six pounds. The hens lay light brown eggs. 2.6 pounds Hen 1.7 pounds