Introducing Valley Hatchery’s Black Australorp Chicks, the epitome of elegance in the poultry world. This all-black breed, recognized by the American Poultry Association since 1929, captivates with its stunning iridescent feathers that shimmer in hues of green, purple, and pink under the sunlight. These dual-purpose chickens, renowned for both their beauty and productivity, originate from Australia and are a proud answer to England’s Orpington breed.
The Black Australorp is not only a sight to behold but also a champion egg-layer. Known for setting world records in egg production, one Black Australorp hen famously laid 364 eggs in 365 days! On average, each hen provides 200 to 280 large, light-brown eggs annually, amounting to about 3 to 5 eggs per week. With males averaging 8.5 to 10 pounds and females around 6.5 to 8 pounds, they are a substantial and hardy breed, living an average of 6 to 10 years.
Their temperament is as remarkable as their appearance. Black Australorps are initially shy but grow to be wonderfully sociable and make great backyard companions. They are gentle and passive, making them perfect for families with children and a peaceful addition to any flock. However, they are prone to obesity, so free-ranging is encouraged to keep them healthy and active, especially in warmer weather. Remember to provide shady areas, as their dark feathers can attract heat in the summer.
At Valley Hatchery, we take pride in offering healthy Black Australorp Chicks, complete with a safe live-arrival guarantee. If you’re looking for a chicken breed that combines stunning looks with exceptional egg-laying capabilities and a gentle disposition, the Black Australorp is an excellent choice for your farm or backyard flock.
Learn more about this breed, watch this video by ‘Livestock Breeds’: