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Black Australorps
2014 Delivery Dates
Catalog Number Description 1-5 6-15 16-24 25-49 50-99 100 or more How Many
BLAC Males $2.11 $1.86 $1.76 $1.52 $1.45 $1.34
BLAP Females $3.22 $2.97 $2.90 $2.73 $2.67 $2.57
BLAS Straight Run $2.82 $2.57 $2.50 $2.35 $2.32 $2.28
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Availability Display below is for the next several hatches. This breed is available for future dates. You can pick the date during the check out process. Green: available. Blue: limited availability. Red: not available.
Quick Stats
Type: standard
Class: English
Egg Color: brown
Egg Size: large
Egg Production: best
Meat Production: excellent
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Heat Tolerance: good
Cold Tolerance: best
Disposition: better
Weeks to Maturity: 20
Freerange: excellent
Skin Color: white
Feather Color: black
Comb Type: single
Likely to sit on eggs: not very likely
Bird Size: extra large
Exotic: no
Leg Style: clean
Head Style: regular
Male Mature Weight: 8.5 lbs
Female Mature Weight: 6.5 lbs
ALBC Priority: recovering

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 of Black Australorps with their glossy black plumage which has a greenish-purple sheen and their larger than average bright red combs make an unusually handsome sight. 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. 

As a reminder, to help ensure a safe arrival to you, the minimum number of chicks for each order prior to April 1st is 25. On and after April 1st, the minimum number of chicks required is 15. You can mix and match any type of baby chick in your order to reach the applicable chick minimum order. If ordering any bantams, we require a minimum of 15 bantams per order.
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Customer Product Reviews
I got a mix of chicks last year, including a few Black Australorps. These were my first Australorps and I've found them to be delightful birds. Great egg layers. Very docile and easy to work with. And this year, they're all brooding! I love these birds!
Just received my order of Black Australorps, Red Stars and Barred Rocks. Ordered 25 got 27. All are healthy and went straight to eating and drinking. The staff was very helpful and patient with me on the phone throughout my multiple calls and questions. Thanks McMurray.
We ordered 25 Australorps and got 26 + 1 free exotic, rare breed. They're now almost 8 weeks old and we haven't lost a single one! They're all healthy, very sweet, enjoy being petted (& the company of our Aussie/Border collie), and are growing like weeds! We are very impressed with all of them! Looks like 2 of them are roosters, but they're sweet, beautiful, & we love them all! Thanks McMurray!
I ordered eight Black Australorps last year for our county fair. My hens were so sweet and nice! I took my rooster for showmanship for both our county and state fair, and he behaved beautifully! Thank you McMurray!
I received my new Australorps girls May 6, 2013. All (15+1 rare)arrived healthy and alive and all chirping. Thank you McMurray for great service!
My Black Australorp Chicks came today. They all look great. Not sure what the rare breed chick is yet but time will tell. Thanks Murray McMurray Hatchery for the great chicks will order more from you again.
Thank you very much for your excellent service. I ordered 26 Black Australorps, they were shipped on Friday June 29th, 2012 and arrived at Puerto Rico on Monday morning (July 2nd) in excellent condition. They are very active and are growing very fast. The surprise chick is also doing very well, it has a 5th toe, I think is a Salmon Faverolle, time will tell…
Got my shipment from McMurray within 24 hrs of shipment from them. This is my first year with chickens and I ordered from another company earlier and 8 out of 12 died in the first 3 days , the chicks from McMurray are a lot more active and have not lost 1 chick in the first 2 days. Recommended you to a friend who is very impressed with the service I received and they will be placing an order soon. Thanks for the great service and I love the little bubble head rare breed I recieved, it is soo cute.
Got my my baby chicks today and all are doing great. These are such a pretty bird, thank you McMurray Hatchery!
We love our Australorpes! My grandparents have always had chickens and always ordered from Murray McMurray. Last year I set up my own coop at my home and ordered Australorps and Polish. We have a beautiful Polish rooster and love him. Visitors are amazed at how pretty he is. Our Australorps are the queens of the yard. Very friendly, quiet, and stand confinement when they have to stay in the coop for the day. They are large enough full grown that I don't have to worry too much about the hawks getting them. They do not spook easily and our cats and dogs get along well with them. Currently we have 1 of the Australorp momma's sitting on a clutch of "fake" plastic eggs in the coop. Our new batch of polish babyies are due to arrive in about 20 days, just in time to have me sneak a few chicks under this momma in the middle of night when they arrive. Our Australorps are very gentle and I am sure she will love being a surrogate momma to the chicks.
WOW! McMurray, you out did yourself. We ordered 39 and received 42. Thanks so very much. Got a call from the post office this morning and was there to pick up our new babies within an hour. All alive and doing well, drinking and eating everything in their bowls. Can't wait until next Monday when we receive 25 more.
These are wonderful birds!! My first Black Australorp (Henley) would run up to me when I'd go to fill the food dispenser and -yes- fly on my head to get my attention. This is one of my favorite breeds as they are sweet, docile, and still have room for some spunk in their awesome little bodies!
I bought 30 assorted chicks: Black Australorps, White Brahmas, Americanas, Silver Laced Wyandottes, Cochins, and a Polish. The Australorps are my favorite. Out of all the chickens, they are the most inquisitive, friendly, able to be handled, and so sweet. This is my first order of chicks, and I was so happy with all of them. I will definitely order more of these Australorps next time.
Well we ordered 5 of these, because of their reputation as layers. I brought one of the pullets, Annette, to my fair. She won her class, the judge said she was very "filled out and mature". And then she won the whole thing, getting Grand Champion Large Fowl. Not bad for a 5 month old bird.
I've ordered Black Australorps several times over the years. These are wonderful, adaptable birds, lay excellent dark brown eggs. Very happy with the Australorps in my latest order and would recommend this breed for its gentle disposition, vigor and egg-laying capability
I bought 25 Black Australorps and 25 Buff Orpingtons in 2009. The Buffs are nice, but I love the Blacks. They are so gentle and friendly. I had one just hatch out 8 of 9 eggs and she is a great mother. She even answers to "mama" now. They let me pet them, and they follow me so closely that I have to be careful not to step on them (though they step on me!).
Received my Black Australorps today, all arrived in great health! Good Work McMurray!!
We got our chicks a week ago. All arrived in excellent health and they look great. Good Work McMurray!!
I absolutely love this breed. They do very well in the cold and heat, and they are so friendly. One of my hens follows me around :). My rooster is about 2.5ft. tall and has a beautiful crow and a beautiful green tint to his feathers. I highly recommend this breed!!!!
I ordered Black Australorps in February of 2000 and we just had breakfast made with the eggs of some of our original hens! I can't believe we still have some of the first girls we started out with and they still lay an egg almost every day!
We bought 25 hens and a rooster back in April, and they are fantastic. All were healthy on arrival, and we didn't lose any. Some hens started laying at about 4 1/2 months of age and we are now up to around 20 eggs/day, with several double-yolkers a week. They are a gentle, calm, friendly breed and I would highly recommend them for beginners or people with children who want to get involved with poultry.
I ordered a dozen Black Australorps that were hatched on April 23. The first two started laying on September 8 at just 4 months and 3 weeks old. They are all so friendly!
The Best birds I have ever had. Smart, friendly and calm
Our family bought a chicken assortment from you guys. One of the breeds were Black Australorps. We received 2 roosters and one hen. Our hen is the best of all our hens because she lays double yolked eggs. Our family is very satisfied with our chickens. Thanks for the wonderful chickens.
Very cute little chicks and nicely mannered. Can't wait for them to grow into adults!
I ordered 25 chicks from McMurray, and out of those, 25 Black Australorps were the first to lay. They are Very sweet and curious, and out of all of my chickens they are the best.
We received our Black Australorps a week ago and they are such little clowns! They're so curious about everything around them and get up to the silliest antics!
These birds are great. The hens are great layers, and the rooster is beautiful and takes care of his girls well. I am happy to say that one of my hens just hatched out four cute little chicks and is a great mother.
This was our free chick, and it's one of our favorites! We love it! We're just going to keep our fingers crossed it's a girl!
The Black Australorps we have kind and gentle. They are bigger birds, and the hens are talkative. I would order these beautiful black birds again
I placed an order for 25 chicks in July of '09 and wanted to say that I love my Black Australorp, Lady! She is gentle and very sumbissive, as well as being gorgeous. Everyone who visits admires her soft black feathers that shine green in sunshine. We have eight layers and have been receiving 7-8 eggs daily. My family and I are yet another very satisfied customer of Mcmurray!
Of the five breeds that we purchased last June, this was the calmest and friendliest (second was the Buff Orpingtons). These girls are queen layers too. I recommend them as all around great birds and my little boys LOVE them.
I ordered 30 - day old chicks. 15 straight run and 15 pullets. All chicks arrived alive and all lived! Out of the 15 straight run I only received 4 roosters! Its been 6 and a half months and they are just starting to lay.I am very happy with the health of the birds I received from Murry McMurry Hatchery!!!
I Received my Black Australorps on May 7th They have matured very nicely and are now almost fully fethered. Thanks you for the great service I will order more in the years to come. Rick Garner Monson MA.
I have been ordering black australorps along with other poultry for over ten years from Murray McMurray When I was younger I showed alot of the poultry that I bought. I named one of my Black roosters Sidney, he won the Grand Champion Pure Bred Large Breed award at the county fair three out of four years. I bred him with some other quality Black hens and supplied the 4-H kids with show birds. Needless to say, I am more than satisfied with the Black Australorps from Murray McMurray.
These birds are #1!
This breed is a good one for young children. The are friendly and quit, great brown egg layers and good mothers. Recommended for small back yard flock.
i think the chickens we get from Murrey McMurrey are of great quality. Aways been satisfied.The Black Austrolopes are gentle, and good layers.Fairly sturdy birds.Thanks alot!
We wanted chickens for our children. This breed of bird is so gentle, they practically became our children. Easily handled and friendly. We had only 4 hens and I was giving eggs away because we couldn't keep up! They are a beautiful black bird, I would recommend them to anyone, especially a chicken novice!
Thank you for your wonderful service. The babies arrived yesterday, and they are doing great. They are lively, healthy and have settled into their new home nicely. It's going to be so much fun to watch them as they grow.
I have been ordering from McMurray Hatchery since I was 13 (now 27) and can attest that I am one SATISFIED customer. The Black Australorps have always done very well and produce large brown eggs and LOTS of them!!! Dont hesitate to order from these folks! They are # 1 in product and customer service!