Black Australorp Chicken

(56 customer reviews)

As low as: $2.80

Hatching on May 29, 2024

Order now for estimated delivery by June 1, 2024.

  • Black Australorp – Sold as Baby Chicks Only
       Minimums – Not Sexed = 3 
                          Female = 3
                          Male = 1    
                                Total of 3 birds to ship 

Seasonal/Shipped Feb thru September


Breed Facts

  • 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.
  • TLC: 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.


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


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56 reviews for Black Australorp Chicken

  1. jaymenmcdonald56

    I am writing this review to report my first time experience with Cackle Hatchery. I had heard nothing but good things about this hatchery business amongst my other options received my order of 8 black Australorp chicks on September 30, 2023 (actually 9 because I was sent an extra). They all seemed to be perfectly healthy upon arrival and I was very excited to care for them as they grew very quickly. Oddly enough, one of them appeared to be much smaller and weaker than the rest and had odd sleeper behaviors and was extremely low to the ground as compared to the rest, whom I decided to name tiny. Very early this morning as of October 19th, 2023 around 1am I woke up to all my chicks in their brooder peeping and squawking very loudly. I hesitated a few minutes as they sometimes do this when they’re trying to get comfortable at night and accidentally jump on one another to get comfortable. When I walked into their brooder room, every single 2 and a half week old chick was either laid out dead or on their way out and panting and gasping for air with one lone survivor. Absolutely devastated, I could not figure out what could have possibly happened as I was interacting with them the previous day and they were all happy as can be. After cleaning the brooder and attentively watching the last surviving chick whom I’ve now named Angel had a liquid white and runny fecal matter that is associated with Pullorum Disease which is caused by Salmonella pullorum which can be passed on through infected birds to their offspring especially in the first 2-3 weeks of a chicks life. I can’t imagine how many chickens or birds are infected at this operation and who may experience something similar. I am completely torn and at a loss and dissatisfied being a first time customer and having higher expectations from Cackle Hatchery.

    • Cackle Hatchery

      I am sorry you had this experience. We are NPIP Certified, with all our flocks being regularly tested and monitored for many illnesses including Pullorum disease. After listening to the phone call you had with our representative, it sounds like there were a few changes we would have recommended. Our care instructions we provide recommend the use of a thermometer, as correct temperature is one of the most important factor in the success of brooding chicks. I am very sorry we unable to offer compensation on this order, however our guarantee is for live arrival only.

  2. Ruby Anne Heie-Rubley

    One year in with our Australorps and I admit, they have been the most surprising chickens we have. I honestly expected…well, not quite what we got. And I couldn’t be happier.

    1. I thought they would be more docile, perhaps to the point of being unable to free/open range safely. But they are suspicious enough to do quite well here with our other animals. They do not want to be handled at all, but once you catch them, they calm instantly.
    2. They are right at the top of the pecking order, and our rooster’s favorite ladies. They are not bullies, but also will not tolerate being pushed around even by bigger birds. (Note: our roo is an Aussie too, so that may explain his preference. And he is literally the perfect rooster. Cool and aloof with humans and other animals, but attentive and watchful over his hens – and very smart.)
    3. We have had 100% survival of all aussies. And thats after one hen was attacked by an owl after an automatic pop door malfunction. She and her roo fought like crazy, but she survived with rather severe injuries. When we treated her for her wounds, she was perfectly docile and patient. She healed almost miraculously well – you would never know she was injured now and was even laying eggs again within a week! So impressed by fiesty Betty!
    4. They are loud. I hadn’t expected the hens to be such chatterboxes. Its fine where we live, just be aware if you live somewhere with close neighbors. They are our loudest breed by far.

    Otherwise, all they say is true. These gals are egg laying machines. They are not as well suited to our zone 5 winters as we would like, but they did no worse than many other breeds like RIR, BR, BO, though not as well as the Wyandottes (no surprise there). This was the breed I worried about the most for our flock, but the Aussies are tough, aloof, and fiesty egg-laying machines and are perfect for our open range flock.

  3. Toby Coey

    I wanted to wait awhile before giving a review on my Black Australorp chicks, for those that might be a little more curious as to what this breed from Cackle Hatchery is like once they grow up. So this is my review: Chicks are now 6 months old
    1. First and foremost, I’m 100 percent satisfied. Great chickens
    2. All are still healthy and looking good. They have a great black color.
    3. Mine started laying periodically at about 3 1/2 weeks shy of 6 months.
    4. They are exactly 6 months now and egg production is picking up.
    5. Eggs vary in colors of brown. Some are lighter and some are darker.
    6. Don’t anticipate any problems from this breed.
    7. I would definitely recommend them to friends and family.

  4. Tuesday G.

    We Love Our Cackle Australorps!

    Ordered 10 female in April 2019, and received an extra! All 11 thrived thru the summer and began laying in October. They’re consistent layers. Our egg customers rave about the quality of the eggs, and buy over and over. I think, in 2021, I’ll splurge and get some White Australorps! Thank you!

  5. Craig Menke

    0% Survival

    We ordered 3 Black Australorp along with other birds and the survival rate was horrible. I understand that there’s a lot going on right now with COVID, but the way Cackle has handled this situation is poor. They are offering to replace our chicks, but not till August. Very disappointed and will not use Cackle again.

  6. Wayne

    Very Satisfied.

    Could have not expected any better. Ordered a mixture of 32 baby chicks consisting of Sussex, Black Australorps, Silver Wynadottes and a Surplus Special of Polish. Received 35 chicks a 5 days ago and all living, healthy and eating starter crumbles like they were a month old. Very Satisfied and will order from Cackle again.

  7. Silver

    Great chickens, Highly recommend!

    This breed is so wonderful and friendly. One hen in particular always wanted to fly up to my shoulder and would never mind me picking her up to hold. Sadly I lost her to a dog attack, but she was the best chicken I’ve had.
    PS they are amazing layers

  8. Karen G.

    Thank you!

    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

  9. Cackle Hatchery Saved the Day!

    Horrible start to a happy ending

    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.

  10. 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!

  11. Silas

    Intelligent Bird

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. Hope

    THANKS for Awesome Service

    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!

  15. Allison Tennessee 2015

    Safe Arrival!!!

    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!!!

  16. Joss

    Great great breed

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. Laura

    Happy egg collector

    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! 🙂

  19. 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

  20. goose from ill

    great birds

    got 10 black austrolorps 3-16-16 1st egg 7-28 awesome birds

  21. Laura

    very happy

    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.

  22. Ashley

    First time chicken owner

    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!

  23. goose


    received 3 16 16 ordered 8 shipped 10 all in big coop doing great

  24. Trent

    Great Chickens

    I got my Australorps about a year ago and they are doing great. They are very docile and lay very nice large brown eggs.

  25. 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

  26. Angel Kentucky June 2009

    Thank You

    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.

  27. Deborah Missouri June 2009

    Chicks arrived safely!

    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

  28. Aaron Florida June 2009

    To all the folks at Cackle Hatchery

    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.

  29. J & D kentucky July 2009

    Just a Thank you

    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!

  30. Randy Tennessee August 2009

    Customer satisfaction

    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!

  31. Fran Maine October 2009

    Order Satisfaction

    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.

  32. Nannette, Wyoming March 2012

    Our order

    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!

  33. Joan, Iowa March 2012

    Received my order today

    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,

  34. Stacey, Indiana March 2012

    Chicks Shipped

    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.

  35. Anne Washington March 2012

    Happy Customer

    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.

  36. Sunny, Ohio February 2013

    Chick Order

    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,

  37. Bill, Missouri February 2013

    Thank You

    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.

  38. Sean, Unknown March 2013

    Cackle Hatchery

    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.

  39. Cindy, Iowa April 2013

    Cackle Hatchery Order

    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!!!

  40. Melissa, Texas Sept 2014

    Thank You

    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.

  41. Roger Arkansas May 2014

    Happy Customer

    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.

  42. Jim Washington March 2010

    Awesome Customer Service

    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

  43. 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!

  44. Sigfrido Puerto Rico May 2010

    Cackle Hatchery

    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.

  45. Allan Maine May 2010

    Attn: Customer Service

    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.

  46. Alexis Texas March 2015

    Cackle Customer Compliment

    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

  47. 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.

  48. Bradley Oklahoma February 2015

    Order Review

    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.

  49. Donna Pennsylvania Aug 2009

    Pleased Customer

    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.

  50. Suzy Louisiana June 2015

    Cackle Hatchery

    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,

  51. Allison Tennessee July 2015

    Safe Arrival!!

    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!!!

  52. Susette Pennsylvania March 2014

    Attn: cackle, customer comment

    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.

  53. Scott Missouri April 2014

    Cackle Hatchery

    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,

  54. Roger Arkansas April 2014

    Happy Customer

    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.

  55. Victoria Wisconsin May 2014

    New Chicks-Thank You

    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.

  56. Jeff, South Carolina (received March 2015)

    Thank You

    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.

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