Breed Profile: Australorp

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

30 March 2014



Australorps are known as the Australian Orpington. They are renowned for being calm, friendly and very good layers. The feathers of an Australian Orpington are very soft and contain hints of purple and green when in the sunlight.


  • Origin: English
  • Size: 3-4 kg
  • Rarity: Common
  • Purpose: Meat & Eggs
  • Recognized Variations: Black, White and Blue


  • Large and light Brown
  • 250-300 Eggs Average Annually


The Australorp comes in both the bantam and standard sized chicken and in an assortment of colors. The black however, is the most common colour and had shiny, glossy feathers and a beetle green sheen.


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