- Black Australorp Chicken
The Black Australorp chickens originated in Australia. It was bred for egg production and also is good for meat. Recognized by the American Standard of Perfection as a distinct pure breed of poultry in 1929, this chicken breed makes an excellent winter laying hen. They are known for their shiny rich black feathering. Always make sure you have shady areas for the Black Australorp chicken so they do not overheat in the summer. Raising chickens for backyards is fun and enjoyable for everyone. Please see Cackle Hatchery®’s raising baby chickens information in our FAQ and baby chicken care instructions.
We also have Black Australorp Started Pullets available to order.
NOTE: There are some white feathers in their 1st and 2nd stage feathering which is normal but by the 6th month they are solid black feathers.
We also offer at limited times of the year Black Australorp Fertile Hatching Eggs
Black Australorp Projected Availability
PLEASE NOTE: This availability chart is updated periodically and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
We schedule all orders to ship ASAP when the entire order is available. If you would like to delay your order, you can specify your delay date at checkout.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Poultry Show Class: English Class
- Weights: Hen-----6 1/2 lbs Rooster------8 1/2 lbs
Pullet---5 1/2 lbs Cockerel----7 1/2 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Primary production, Egg Laying & Pet/Secondary meat source
- Egg Shell Color: Brown
- Egg Production: 200-280 eggs per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
- Egg Size: Large
- Temperament: Active Yet Gentle
- Gender Accuracy: 85-90%
- Fertility Percentage: 65-80%
- Broody: Setter
- Mating Ratio: 10 Females to 1 Males
- Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
- Country of Origin: Australia
- APA: Yes, Recognized by the American Standard of Perfection in 1929.
- ALBC: Recovering Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed
- BREEDER FARM SOURCE: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline or strain of pure Black Australorp since 1936.
Thank you! Review by Karen G.
I am very happy with my order. I ordered 6 Black Australorp, and 6 Buff Orpingtons and received a baker's dozen: 7 Black Australorp! I also ordered 12 mixed guinea fowl and received a baker's dozen as well; a lovely mix of 3 lavender, 4 royal purple, and 6 pearl gray. All babies came on time and I haven't lost a one! Now we are finishing our run around the coop and they should be safe and happy for the rest of their lives! Karen G., Olive Hill, KY (Posted on 10/30/2019)
Horrible start to a happy ending Review by Cackle Hatchery Saved the Day!
so I ordered 20 chicks and 22 showed up SOAKED! The mail service failed to keep them dry. And I tried to save them but was only able to save 4. I called the hatchery in TEARS! Completely heart broken. They sent out another batch of 22 completely free of charge.
They are absolutely beautiful! And they are very appreciative. I was worried because I have having a hard time bonding with them in the brooder but once I put them in thier coops and started free ranging they became affectionate, showed thier smarts, and enjoy being under my feet when ever they see me (they aren't big on being pet but love being close). It feels really good having my wonderful chickens prefer me over my husband like all our other animals. (Posted on 7/9/2019)
Princesses Review by E
Mine are getting close to three months old and absolutely gorgeous. They are sleek and alert, but they also have a princess attitude that makes them fun to be around. They are very sweet but a little prissy when you pick them up, and I even have one that sounds likes she's complaining when she's picked up. I love them! (Posted on 6/26/2019)
Intelligent Bird Review by Silas
I ordered these along with White Rock, Barred Rock, and New Hamshire. I was very impressed with how smart the australorps were. They were the first ones as baby chicks to the water and the first ones to learn how to roost. They also seem more observant for hawks and predators. Great Choice. (Posted on 2/25/2019)
Thanks Review by Cleburne State Fair
I just wanted to let you know the chickens we ordered from you in March won several ribbons at our county fair.
A Australorp pullet went to the premium auction. She was from a local feedstore, but they order from you.
When we need more chicks, we will definitely order again.
(Posted on 9/11/2018)
Thanks Review by Dan
Got our girls today all see very healthy and eager to eat and drink! Thanks for sending them with care, you folks are the best! (Posted on 7/13/2018)
THANKS for Awesome Service Review by Hope
Customer Service ladies cannot be more helpful, they run down to the hatchery, check on availability, work with you, whatever it takes to get a satisfied customer. I needed my chicks quick (to add to my current babies, needed them not to be too far in age), so called and asked to expedite my order. The ladies at the hatchery worked with me to switch some of the breeds up so that availability matched up to the next shipment date. They are all good to go to ship tomorrow, as per my request!!! Awesome and thank you! (Posted on 2/20/2018)
Safe Arrival!!! Review by Allison Tennessee 2015
I just want to take a moment to say thank ALL ya"ll at the hatchery for my beautiful new babies. Each and everyone arrived safely and healthy and perfectly beautiful! Truly precious!! I had a predator take away one of my momma birds with her 5 babies and was just crushed. My heart hurt. It still makes me cry. You have filled the sad void and replaced it with God's sweet new creatures. They are settling in with a buff hen to keep them safe and warm in their new home. Your shipping was fast, efficient, absolutely excellent. I am so pleased with the communication for pick up. Your services exceed my expectations and I will definitely be a regular customer. I don't Facebook but you are more than welcome to post my comment for others to know what a great service you provide. I must go now and check on the babies...better than color TV!!! (Posted on 12/20/2017)
Great great breed Review by Joss
We got 11 pullets and 2 roos out of our happy cackle order. These guys are quite simply the best. Active free rangers, docile, not flighty. They haven't started laying yet but from what I have read I will definitely not be disappointed. Our one rooster is my favorite chicken we have, he is super friendly and hardly ever crows. This breed is absolutely amazing and will always have a place on our homestead. Do yourself a favor and add them to your flock you won't be disappointed. (Posted on 9/12/2017)
HATCHERY Review by HAROLD TEXAS 2017
The chicks arrived in great shape and I am very pleased with both of my orders from you. It has been a pleasure, thanks for the great service. I will order again. (Posted on 6/6/2017)
Happy egg collector Review by Laura
Just a quick update on my Australorps. received in June 2016.
I'm so happy with my hens :) They recently started laying, and I'm amazed. It's the dark of winter and my girls are laying like its summer. Go Aussies! :) (Posted on 1/1/2017)
Thanks! Review by Valerie New York August 2016
I wanted to thank you for the beautiful chicks I ordered. I ordered city-town special of three pullets. All arrived safe and sound and are growing fast. I couldn't believe how quickly they feathered out. I don't usually get chicks in the fall but am very glad I tried it. With this hot summer there's plenty of time to be ready for winter. Thanks Again (Posted on 11/1/2016)
great birds Review by goose from ill
got 10 black austrolorps 3-16-16 1st egg 7-28 awesome birds (Posted on 8/2/2016)
very happy Review by Laura
Very Happy 1st time customer. I got my chicks a week ago and by the way, thank you for the extra chick <3 They arrived 6-14-2016. all 16 happy peeping and full of pep. I hope they turn out as wonderful as my australorp I had many years ago. I will definitely order from you guys again. (Posted on 6/20/2016)
First time chicken owner Review by Ashley
I am a new chicken owner and this is my first time having chicks/chickens. Ordered 5 Black Australorps & 5 Buff Orpingtons pullets. They are 5 weeks old now and getting to be too big for their brooder. They are doing well and will be moving outside to a coop soon. Thanks so much to Crackle Hatchery for all 10 live Pullets and the extra Buff Orpington Cockerel. I look forward to having fresh eggs when they get to laying age. Thanks again! (Posted on 4/27/2016)
awsome Review by goose
received 3 16 16 ordered 8 shipped 10 all in big coop doing great (Posted on 4/19/2016)
Great Chickens Review by Trent
I got my Australorps about a year ago and they are doing great. They are very docile and lay very nice large brown eggs. (Posted on 4/18/2016)
Thanks Review by Jerry Texas January 2016
Im very happy customer after 20 weeks later from baby chicks to young pullets. I received first egg yesterday and two more this morning. Will be ordering soon. Black Australorps are doing great (Posted on 1/14/2016)
Thank You Review by Angel Kentucky June 2009
My son and I wanted to thank you for such quick service. We did not expect to receive the chicks we ordered 2 days after we ordered them. We order 25 and received 26. I'm happy to tell you they all arrived fine and are all still good and healthy. They are a week old now. My son is 12 and has decided to raise the chickens and locally sell eggs. He is very excited and is taking good care of the chicks. (Posted on 1/11/2016)
Chicks arrived safely! Review by Deborah Missouri June 2009
Just wanted to let you know all the chicks arrived safe and sound. They were immediately given water, and chick food was made available (including the boiled egg yolk you recommended) They took to it instantly! We kept them inside with a light for the first night to allow them to get settled then moved them to a broody hen in a previously prepared brooder area the following night. Our little momma hen is happily clucking over her new brood and the entire family seems very happy. Thanks (Posted on 1/9/2016)
To all the folks at Cackle Hatchery Review by Aaron Florida June 2009
Wow Im extremely impressed. I ordered my chicks on Sunday, they shipped the next morning and arrived at the post office on Wednesday. My split order of 5 Brahmas 5 Austrolorps and 5 Barred Rock all arrived healthy along with an extra barred rock and continue to be healthy 4 days later. I'll recommend Cackle to everyone. Better service than I could have imagined. (Posted on 12/18/2015)
Just a Thank you Review by J & D kentucky July 2009
We received our pullets the end of April. We wanted to let you know how very pleased we are with the instructions you provided and the wonderful quality of the chicks. They are all thriving! Thanks SO much! We just love our ladies! (Posted on 12/18/2015)
Customer satisfaction Review by Randy Tennessee August 2009
I placed an online order for baby Black Austrolorp chicks on 7/31/09 and I picked them up at my Post Office on 8/7/09. This is my first order from Cackle Hatchery and I am completely satisfied. I got fast service with excellent communication and courtesy. I ordered 15 pullets and 2 cockerels. I picked up my chicks from the Post Office and the box had 20 very healthy and thriving baby chicks in it. I put them in the brooder as soon as i got them home and they immediately started eating and drinking and they are doing fine. I know where to buy my baby chicks from now on. I already placed another order for Buff Orpington chicks and they scheduled for shipment next week Thank You! (Posted on 12/18/2015)
Order Satisfaction Review by Fran Maine October 2009
We are so pleased with our order that we received in July. They have all (21) survived and in fact we have been accused of 'spoiling' our chickens and housing them in a 'palace'! We will be ordering again from you in the future. Thank you. (Posted on 12/18/2015)
Our order Review by Nannette, Wyoming March 2012
Your baby chicks arrived on time and in great shape. They are settling in nicely. Thank you for doing a great job at the hatching and sending part. And we really appreciated the very helpful descriptions regarding bird/breed characteristics. GOOD JOB!...WELL DONE! (Posted on 12/4/2015)
Received my order today Review by Joan, Iowa March 2012
I received my order of pullets from you today and I just wanted to THANK-YOU. All of them are nice and healthy. This is all new to me, I have never ordered baby chicks, but you guys made it a wonderful experience!! I am very happy customer and will tell all my friends about your services. Thanks again, (Posted on 12/4/2015)
Chicks Shipped Review by Stacey, Indiana March 2012
I am a new chicken owner and this is my first time having chicks/chickens EVER. I just wanted to let you know that all 16 babies you shipped arrived just fine and all of them are thriving. I know that you ship thousands of birds each month and I'm sure they don't mean the same to a large hatchery but the 16 you shipped me are so special to my family. They will be pets split up to three different homes when they are a little larger, so please thank each person involved with this transaction for selecting these babies for us. I guess I'd like each of them to know that they were responsible for selecting 5 Black Australorps, 5 Light Brahma and 6 Buff Orpington pullets for loving homes and lives that won't end in the slaughter house. The chicks have already doubled in size and I couldn't ask for better entertainment than in watching them. (Posted on 12/4/2015)
Happy Customer Review by Anne Washington March 2012
I just wanted to send a note saying how happy we are with our recent purchase. We ordered 15 chicks and got 16 happy, healthy fluff balls last week. They all seem in great condition and I appreciated the info and help I received when you guys called me after placing my order. Thanks again. (Posted on 12/2/2015)
Chick Order Review by Sunny, Ohio February 2013
My name is Sunny. I live in Ohio, This is the first chick mail order I have ever done. What an excellent experience!! I received my chicks in 2 days. They were all alive though a little cold. I give you guys a 20 out of 10 rating! Within 10 minutes under their heater they were eating, drinking and scratching. How adorable! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. A very pleased customer, (Posted on 11/30/2015)
Thank You Review by Bill, Missouri February 2013
I'm just wanting to express my thanks to you for the five different breeds of chicks that I got from your hatchery Feb 12th. They are doing quite well, one or two of the chicks has a soft poop but still seem to be full of energy. Being I never experienced chicks before, I was really surprised at how fast they grow. On the fifth day I had to extend my wall of the brooding area because they would jump and or fly over my twelve inch high pen. I did lose one of the barred rocks around the third or fourth day. I actually expected to lose two or three but I am blessed to have lost only one. Thanks for good service, information and kindly taking the time to answer my many questions. (Posted on 11/30/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Sean, Unknown March 2013
We were very pleased with our last order that we got from you. Best chickens I have ever had. Thank you very much. I am sending you another one keep up the good work. We had eggs on top of eggs. (Posted on 11/30/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Order Review by Cindy, Iowa April 2013
Just wanted to let you know that I got my chicks yesterday afternoon. All arrived alive through a couple seemed a little weak. This morning however they are all doing great! All are eating and drinking well. It has been a great experience doing business with you! You will definitely continue to get my business and I will be sure to recommend you to my friends. Thanks!!! (Posted on 11/27/2015)
Thank You Review by Melissa, Texas Sept 2014
I am sending you this note to tell you how happy I've been over the years with the chicks you've sent and your wonderful service. I now have a small flock of laying hens we hatched from some of the chicks we got from you a few years ago. They are healthy and productive. We once had a few chicks arrive (thru no fault of yours) a day late and we lost some, you were wonderful about replacing them. So I just wanted to say thank you from a happy loyal customer. (Posted on 11/20/2015)
Happy Customer Review by Roger Arkansas May 2014
Thanks for your help and for the beautiful chicks. I've never had Black Australorps and I think they will become a favorite breed. They seem to be friendly and follow me when I'm outside and while they won't let me handle them they will get within two feet of me and run around. (Posted on 11/18/2015)
Awesome Customer Service Review by Jim Washington March 2010
Tonight I came home and there was a message on my messaging machine from Libby from Cackle Hatchery letting me know my chicks would ship on Monday March 8 and that I could expect them Wednesday or Thursday. I was very pleased and impressed that you took the time to let me know this, as we are rural and quite a distance from our post office. That little extra touch of customer service just made my whole day and made me feel good that I ordered from you, after looking at many hatcheries online and finally selecting yours. Thank You (Posted on 11/17/2015)
Thanks! Review by Gretchen Missouri February 2010
My husband, daughter and I just want to send a note to thank you for our beautiful baby chicks. They all arrived healthy and are growing and growing. Thanks for all you do! (Posted on 11/17/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Sigfrido Puerto Rico May 2010
As you can see I live in Puerto Rico. My chicks were sent Wednesday and arrived today Friday. All of them alive and in perfect condition. Thank you very much. It has been a pleasure doing business with you and will definitely will do business again. (Posted on 11/17/2015)
Attn: Customer Service Review by Allan Maine May 2010
Know you are all very busy and just wanted to let you know that all that chicks I ordered arrived yesterday and are doing very well. This is my second order from you and I'm very pleased with the birds I get from you. Thanks again and have a great year. (Posted on 11/17/2015)
Cackle Customer Compliment Review by Alexis Texas March 2015
I want to praise Renae for placing my crazy order today! She is an absolute Rock star!!!I really appreciate the excellent customer service i have received with this order and my previous one! I will be a forever customer, thank you for being the best hatchery. Thanks (Posted on 11/12/2015)
Thanks Review by Jay Kansas June 2014
We received our package of chicks this morning at 7:30 am. All were healthy. Thank you a bunch for your service. We are looking forward to raising our leghorns, Rhode Island Red, Easter Egg and Black Australorps. We also appreciate the information you send concerning the first few weeks of caring for our chicks. It is detailed and helpful. Thanks again for your great service. (Posted on 11/12/2015)
Order Review Review by Bradley Oklahoma February 2015
I just received my shipment of 45 baby chicks. I am extremely pleased with my order. Picked them up at my post office brought them straight home unpacked and cared for them per Cackle's instructions and I only had one loss upon opening the box. All chicks are healthy and very perky. Will be ordering from cackle again. (Posted on 11/12/2015)
Pleased Customer Review by Donna Pennsylvania Aug 2009
First time I ever ordered chickens. My 40 chickens are doing great! They were born July 1 and growing in leaps and bounds. I will purchase more in the spring. They were very healthy when they arrived. Just wanted you to know how happy I was with them. Keep up the good work. (Posted on 11/10/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Suzy Louisiana June 2015
We received our order of "chickies babies". All arrived safely. I have watered and fed them mushed up free range boiled chicken eggs from our ranch. The chickie babies are very happy. Again it is a pleasure to do business with CACKLE HATCHERY. This is our third order over the last 8 years. Thanks again, (Posted on 11/10/2015)
Safe Arrival!! Review by Allison Tennessee July 2015
I just wanted to take a moment to say thank ALL ya'll at the hatchery for my beautiful new babies. Each and every one arrived safely and healthy and perfectly beautiful! Truly precious! Your shipping was fast efficient and absolutely excellent. I am so pleased with the communication for pick-up. Your services exceed my expectations and I will definitely be a regular customer. I must go now and check on the babies...better than color TV!!! (Posted on 11/9/2015)
Attn: cackle, customer comment Review by Susette Pennsylvania March 2014
I received my chick order today. It was the first time I have ordered from Cackle Hatchery and I was very pleased. All the chicks arrived healthy and safely. Also the amount of information available on your website is wonderful...the personal touch definitely helped me make my decision to go with Cackle. I would certainly order from Cackle again and recommend you to other people that keep poultry. Thank you. (Posted on 11/9/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Scott Missouri April 2014
I wanted to drop you a line to let you know that my birds arrived safe and sound in addition to being a day earlier than projected. There was 100% survival including the two extras, so that was a bonus. I am pleased with the service Cackle provides. You were quick to response to my emails (usually the same day) and the customer service reps are polite and helpful, even going as far as to assist in choosing an alternate breed for one that was not available so that I could retain my original shipping date. I will be using Cackle for my future orders. Many thanks, (Posted on 11/6/2015)
Happy Customer Review by Roger Arkansas April 2014
I ordered 35 Black Australorp chicks that were delivered 3/19/2014. You added n extra chick and I lost one two days later. The chicks are great and growing like crazy. They are very active and entertaining. They are feathering out rather nicely. Many thanks for the wonderful chicks and service. I will be back for future orders. (Posted on 11/6/2015)
New Chicks-Thank You Review by Victoria Wisconsin May 2014
I purchased the 5 city town pullet special of Black Australorp. I live in the northwoods so of course though I tried to schedule as late as into April as possible to hit better weather, the weather took a nasty turn and we had heavy snow the morning they shipped and cold the next several days. I was sick when I checked the tracking ETA from the post office and just knew they had very little chance of arriving alive. I contacted you and received a very reassuring reply that proved to be exactly right. The chicks arrived on Friday morning safe and sound with the heat pack still keeping them nice and warm. Their shipping container was above and beyond what I had hoped for.Thank you once again for being such a great business that clearly not only cares about your customers but the chicken you provide as well. (Posted on 11/6/2015)
Thank You Review by Jeff, South Carolina (received March 2015)
All of our chicks arrived on time, alive, active and healthy. Your staff were a pleasure to work with, answered all my questions and were friendly throughout. We look forward to purchasing from you again. (Posted on 8/26/2015)