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AUSTRALORP

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COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN:

The Black ‑ Australia

The White ‑ South Africa

The Golden ‑ South Africa

The Wheaten Laced ‑ South Africa

The Blue ‑ South Africa

The Blue Splash – Splash

CATEGORY: Soft Feather

EGG COLOUR: Tinted (Sitters)

 

CLASSIFICATION      

CODE

MASSES

BREED CODE

RING SIZES

Heavy Breed

 

 

102

 

Cock

10

5.0kg

 

F

Hen

12

4.0kg

 

E

Cockerel

14

4.0kg

 

F

Pullet

16

3.0kg

 

E

 

BANTAMS

 

 

442

 

Cock

10

1,7kg maximum

 

C

Hen

12

1,5kg maximum

 

B

Cockerel

14

1,7kg maximum

 

C

Pullet

16

1,5kg maximum

 

B

 

HISTORY

The Australorp is a production‑bred Australian Black Orpington. The original Black Orpington was produced by William Cook of England and later specimens of this breed were exported to Australia where it was converted, by selective breeding, from a purely exhibition breed to a highly popular commercial one. The Black Australorp in South Africa all originate from importations from Australia roundabout 1910.  South Africa holds the distinction of having originated all the other colour varieties of Australorps. The White Australorp originated from sports (mutations) from the Blacks.  They were admitted to the South African standards in 1939 on applications from two breeders, the late Mr. N.H. Addison of Middelburg, Cape, and the late Mr. Dan Jacobs of Alberton. The Golden Australorp was perfected by the late Prof. A.M. Gericke at the Pretoria University, and admitted to the South African standards in 1949. The Wheaten Laced were produced from sports bred from pure Australorps by Mrs. Myrtle Phillips of Tarkastad and were admitted to the South African standards in 1954. The Blue was perfected by Mr. A.A. Luckhoff of Vereeniging after years of selection from Blue individuals originating from mating’s of Black and White Australorp.

 

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