An Australorp pullet from, of all places, Australia!
Photo courtesy of Andy Vardy

The Australorp was developed, not surprizingly, in Australia from Orpington stock. It is noted for its egg production, and although smaller than the Orpingtons (Australorp cocks weigh about 8 1/2 pounds compared to an Orpington's 10 pounds) they still carry a fair amount of meat. Their skin is white. They are active birds that lay tinted eggs. With a greenish sheen to their black plumage, a flock of 'Lorps looks quite lovely on the lawn on sunny days.

Australorps differ from Black Jersey Giants in that the legs of the Jersey Giant are black (some tending toward willow) and the underparts of the feet are yellow. In Lorps, the legs are black, shading to dark slate in adults, but the underparts of the feet are pinkish white. This works with good show stock, but hatchery stock is more variable and you can't ever be sure unless the birds grow to the size of Giants.

Breed clubs:

American Australorp Breeders
278 County Road CNA
Champion, MI 49814

The Australorp Club
Ian and Louise Simpson
Chestnut Farm, Normanton, Southwell
Notts. NG25 OPR
Phone: 01636 814958

Australorp Club of Australia Inc.
Ross Summerell
P.O. Box 70
Tamborine Qld. 4270

Australorp Links:

The Chook Shed's Australorp page

Andy Vardy on Australorps

Greg Davis's page: The Australorp - A dinki di Aussie!

A pair of Australorps from Oz
Photos courtesy of Greg Davies

Laura Adams-Durgin's large Australorp cockerel
Photo courtesy of Beth Adams

Black Australorp bantams from the UK
Photos courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

An Australorp pullet
Photo courtesy of Claude McAllister

A good Australorp pullet from the UK
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

Now there are Blue Australorps
Photos courtesy of Finn Jensen

An Australorp rooster
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

Australorp bantams from Oz, a Blue cock and Black hen
Photo courtesy of Stuart Chalmers

Two Black cockerels watching some pullets
Photos courtesy of Janice Sunderland Whight

An Australorp cockerel
Photos courtesy of Robert Stephenson

And another Australorp pullet

A 'lorp bantam pullet from Germany
Photo courtesy of Sascha Michel

"Boris," a Lorp rooster, and his head
Photo courtesy of Chris Falconer

A very good Black Australorp bantam female
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

A nice Australorp cockerel from the UK
Photo © Rupert Stephenson

A flock of Australorps
Photo courtesy of Jacob Duffee

A flock of Black Australorps from Serbia
Photo courtesy of Goran Vuckovic

Two shots of an Australorp chick
Photos courtesy of Ann Smith

Australorp chicks
Photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker

A Blue Australorp chick
Photo courtesy of Finn Jensen

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