This hybrid chicken is a cross between a Black Australorp rooster and a White Leghorn hen.
Austra White hens are excellent producers of off-white eggs and will continue laying throughout the year.
Pullets are white with small black specks on some of their feathers.
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Austra White Chicken Breed Quick Info
Austra White Chicken Description
|Austra White Type/Size:||Hybrid|
|Leg Color:||Slate/Blue or Pink|
|Austra White Ease of Raising/Keeping:||Easy|
|Austra White Special Care Needs:||No|
|Is the Austra White breed a common, rare, or protected breed of chicken?||Rare|
Austra White Use
|Austra White Temperament:||Calm, active|
|Austra White Ability/Likelihood to Free Range:||Yes|
Austra White Egg Production
|Estimated Number of Eggs Per Year||220-280|
|Likeliness to Brood Eggs/Raise Chicks||Low|
Austra White Meat Production
|Dressed Weight Male||N/A|
|Dressed Weight Female||N/A|
Austra White Climate Tolerance
Austra White Age to Maturity
|Number of Months to Reach Full Size||5 Months|
|Number of Months to Start Egg Laying||5 Months|
|Number of Weeks/Months to Reach Meat Harvest Size||N/A|
Austra White Size at Maturity
Origins of the Austra White Chicken
The Austra White chicken is a fairly new hybrid chicken. They were originally developed in the early 20th century in an attempt to create a high-producing, white egg-laying chicken.
Some Things to Know About the Austra White Chicken
The Austra White chicken is similar in appearance to the California White breed. They have solid white plumage with slate blue to pink legs and white skin. They have a large single red comb.
This hybrid cross is known to be a heavier chicken. Hens are usually around five pounds, and roosters weigh around six pounds.
How Easy is it to Keep Austra White Chickens?
Austra White chickens are said to be calmer than their Leghorn parent breed. This makes them ideal for beginner and backyard chicken owners.
Their feed-to-egg production ratio is good, which means hens lay a lot of eggs while not requiring a lot of feed.
They also have great reflexes when it comes to avoiding predators. However, some care should be taken as their white color makes them easily seen by aerial predators like hawks and other birds of prey.
Special Care and Considerations for Austra White Chickens
As with all chickens with a single comb, there is a risk of frostbite in the winter. When temperatures drop, a swipe of vaseline on their comb can help to protect it from frostbite.