One from Down Under
The Australorp is a heavy soft feathered breed and the word Australorp is an abbreviation of Australian black Orpington. We don’t have many breeds that originated in Australia but this one came to us around 1921. This is the prototype, however, of the black Orping- ton as originally made by Mr Cook and named after Orpington in Kent. The Australorp is pretty to look at with a compact shape. She is erect and graceful to look at. Most Australorp birds are black but there is also a blue version. Hens are good layers of brown eggs.