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 




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