I am a soon-to-be co-owner of some Black Australorp chickens. We have a brand new mini incubator in-house and ready for six Black Australorp hatching eggs which should be shipping this week.
“Australorps originated in Australia and were developed from Black Orpingtons imported there from England. They are gentle and quiet: tremendous layers, producing tons of large brown eggs. They are among the best egg producing breeds in the world, and currently hold the record for most eggs produced per annum.” (Source: My Pet Chicken)
The hatching eggs will be incubated for around 21 days and then our new friends will start laying eggs in about five to six months. Australorps lay large, brown eggs at a rate of about five per week.
A am a novice when it comes to raising chickens, so I am really looking forward to this experience. Not only will it be fun for me, but the hatching eggs will arrive just in time for Tanner’s first birthday, so we can learn together.