Australorp Key Characteristics This dual-purpose breed is easy to keep. Their placid docile character means that the birds tolerate confinement well but they love to forage. The calm temperament means that the Australorp is a good broody and caring, attentive mother. However many hobbyists today prefer varieties with pretty plumage patterns, which Australorps don’t have. History Ancestor birds were Orpingtons, developed in the UK and then transported to Australia. Whilst Orpingtons in the UK were turning into a fluffy exhibition breed, the ’Australian Utility Orpingtons’ were improved to increase egg production. In 1921 some ’Australian Utility Orpingtons’ were imported back to the UK and became the Australorp breed. Appearance Australorps are a dual-purpose breed, good for eggs and meat. There are 3 standard colours, white, blue and the original, black The bantam version is the most common. Uses Depending on the strain hens should produce 200 medium sized light brown eggs in a season. Australorps make a good table bird with a reputation for maturing early.