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.
Are your chicks already vaccinated?
No, the vaccinations are optional so you would choose if you want them or not.
got 13 baby pullets in feb 15 only getting only about 6-7 eggs per day feeding nutrena 16% + grit & calcium light at night for 16 hrs total per day how to increase production
Don't have the light on at night. Set it on a timer to come on early in the morning for a total of 14 hours per day.
My chicks are now 6 months. How do I know if they are Australorps or Black Jersey Giants?
Black Australorps have pinkish white skin and the bottom of their feet are white. Black Giants have yellow skin and the bottom of their feet are yellow.
What is the minimum I can order
The minimum order to ship is 25 from Feb-Mar, and 15 chicks April or later. You do not have to order all one breed to reach your minimum.
Hi we are interested to add some new Black Autralorps to our existing flock. Given that you have chicks this winter do you ship to WI in Jan? We would like to order them now for spring egg laying but apparently you are out. If that is not the case then please let us know. Thanks
The Black Australorps are showing available the end of Jan 2015. You can place your order for next season now if you wish.
I live in central Florida. How well will the Australorps tolerate the heat?
As long as you provide plenty of shade and water for them, they should do fine. Sometimes fans or even misting fans in extreme temperatures help too.
Great breedI've tried several different breeds. Last order I got straight Australorps. They are the best layers. Compared to other breeds I've had, they lay consistently, don't try to hide their eggs, and stay in the yard when let out to peck about. Still laying after 5 years! I'm sticking with these Australorps!
AUSTRALORPSI bought 25 Black Aus pullets which were shipped in February 2015. They began to lay in October 2015, which seemed ok. They only layed until the end of Novemeber 2015, then they stopped laying. I have a timer light in my coop so they got about 14 hours of light. My water is heated also. Here in southern Colorado it can get really cold, they took the cold ok, just no eggs. But for a first year hen they did very poorly. I would not recommend them for cold areas. I should have just kept my 3 year old Silver Laced Wyandottes around, they did better at 2 years old than this breed.