Heidi Strawn
February 4, 2011

Use: The Australorp is a dual-purpose breed known primarily for extremely prolific production of brown eggs. They were used extensively in the United States in 1930’s and 1940’s for crossbreeding with White Leghorns to produce AustraWhite which was a heavier, high-producing layer. Although they have been surpassed for production by hybrid Leghorns, they are still very useful for economical egg production on small farms.

History: Australorps were developed in Australia from imported Black Orpingtons. They were selected for high egg production and held many records in laying contests around the world. They were admitted into the American Standard of Perfection in 1929 as a member of the English Class.

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Conformation: Australorps are a medium-sized breed. Black is the only variety. They are an active breed of moderate proportions with a Single comb. Standard weights: Cock: 8 ½ lbs. Cockerel: 7 ½ lbs. Hen: 6 ½ lbs. Pullet: 5 ½ lbs.

Special Considerations/Notes: Like the other dual-purpose breeds, Australorps forage well and are ideal for small farms.

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