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The Australorp is a chicken breed that originates from Australia, where it was developed in the early 20th century. Its name is a portmanteau of "Australian" and "Orpington," the latter being a British breed that significantly influenced the development of the Australorp.

Australorps are known for their impressive egg-laying abilities. They were bred specifically for this purpose, with breeders aiming to create a bird that could lay a high number of eggs while still providing a reasonable amount of meat. Australorps gained international recognition in the 1920s when a team of six hens set a world record by laying 1,857 eggs in 365 days, an average of over 309 eggs per hen for the year. While this exceptional performance is not typical, Australorps are still among the best layers of all chicken breeds, and a healthy hen can be expected to lay around 250-300 eggs per year under good conditions.

The eggs of the Australorp are brown, and the hens are known to be good setters and mothers, making this breed a good choice for those interested in hatching their own chicks.

Physically, Australorps are large, heavy birds, making them a good dual-purpose breed. They have a broad, deep body with a upright stance. The feathers are soft and glossy, and they are most commonly black, although blue and white varieties also exist. The black plumage has a green sheen in the sunlight, which can make these birds particularly attractive. They have a single comb and red earlobes, and their legs and skin are usually black or slate blue.

Australorps are generally known for their docile and friendly temperament. They are often described as calm and easy to handle, making them a good choice for families and for those new to keeping chickens. They are also known to be hardy and adaptable to a variety of living conditions.

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