One of the most prolific egg laying breeds in the world, the Black Australorp was first developed in Australia after the Buff Orpington Chicken was introduced from England.The idea behind the breed was to create a quality egg-laying chicken without compromising the bird’s size and quality of meat. The result was just that as they created one of the most popular backyard and dual-purpose chickens to this day.
After setting all sorts of egg-laying records in Australia, many of which were later broken by more Black Australorps, the bird was finally introduced into North America in the 1920s. Being one of the most efficient brown egg-laying breeds around, the Black Australorp is known for its ability to continually produce eggs even when it its extremely hot. Once the hens are spent they are still large enough to be utilized for their meat.
Calm, docile, and content in confinement, the Black Australorp is a little smaller than their Orpington ancestor, though cocks can still weigh in around 8.5 pounds. Covered in glossy and iridescently black feathers, this bird shows off a beautiful greenish purple hue in the sunlight. Both females and male wear a straight, medium sized red comb adorned with 5 distinct and regal points. Black Australorp chicks will wear some white on their wing tips but will be solid black by the time they are fully matured.