The Australorp is a great choice if your looking for an excellent layer of large brown eggs. Expect approximately five eggs per week from this *dual purpose bird. Their color is black, weight at maturity is 7-8 pounds, they are docile, friendly, and considered shy.
About the Australorp
Single Comb | 4 Toes | Broody/Setter | Confines Well | Average, 260 Eggs Yearly | Cold Hardy
Class: English • Rarity: Common
The Australorp is of Australian origin, developed as a utility breed with a focus on egg laying. It achieved world wide popularity in the 1920s after the breed broke numerous world records for number of eggs laid. The most popular color is black, which is the only color recognized in the United States. However, blue and white are also recognized in its home country. South Africa recognizes buff, splash, wheaten laced and golden as well.
The Australorp is a great starter bird if your new to chicken keeping. The chicks are hardy and very easy to raise.
* Dual Purpose: provides 2 kinds of resources, meat & eggs.
1st choice: Black-tailed White Japanese Bantams
I’ve never had bantams before, thought this year I might see if I can locate a few Japanese bantams. My Pet Chicken carries them, but they are out of stock. 😦
Bantams aren’t anything special other than for their size, they are small, about half the size of a chicken. Japanese bantams aren’t easy to find, but lately, they have been advertised on Craigslist by a private party about 30 miles from here. They most likely won’t be sexed, but I’m positive re-homing roosters of this breed will be a breeze.
If I don’t find my pretty bantams of choice, I’m choosing the Delaware. They are available Sept. 30th from My Pet Chicken, but hopefully I can find them local, shipping is pretty spendy!
I’ve chosen this breed because I may try to hatch fertile eggs. The Delaware is a setter, and hopefully at least one of these ladies would like to be a foster mommy.
The brooder is ready, but the coop for young pullets? Well… it’s gone, I sold it, ha ha! Better get busy!
The Orpington is one of my favorite breeds. They are very sweet, friendly, and seldom bullies towards the other members of the flock. However, living in the desert where the temperatures reach well over 110 they have proven their tolerance for heat to be quite low. Especially considering they can be broody and won’t leave the coop where temperatures can be life threatening. Every situation is different and they may be fine as free range chickens with plenty of shade and water.
Details of the Buff Orpington:
Type: Large Fowl & Bantam
Size: 7-8 pounds
Purpose: Dual (meat or egg production)
Recognized Varieties: Buff, Black, Blue, White, (buff is most common.)
Frequency: 3-4 per week
Feathered Legs: No
Comb Type: Single Comb
Number of Toes: 4
Character & Traits:
Accepts confinement well
Heat tolerant to 100 degrees
Broody / Setter
Good layers through the winter