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This is the original Australian utility chicken breed. It is a large, soft-feathered bird with glossy black feathers and a lustrous green sheen. It is hardy, docile and a good egg-layer as well as meat bird. .

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The bird's single comb is moderately large and upright, with five distinct points.  The Australorp is considered rare and endangered in its pure form- the conservation status in Australia is listed as recovering

It is the egg laying performance of Australorps that makes this a ‘must-have’ breed. Well looked after Australorps lay approximately 250 very large light-brown eggs per year. Australorps have been used as base stock in out crossing hens for commercial production, so it may be a challenge to find truly pure, heritage genetics.