Hello there. I just purchased my 1st chicken coop, but doing a little research before I take the leap as a chicken mom.
My Lilah will be 2 years old this May. She's an Australorp. Very soft, beautiful girl with those soulfull brown eyes. She's very docile, occasionally stubborn, and simply a doll. The black feathers shine irridescent green/purple in the sunshine. Lots of cold & snow where I live. She tolerates the weather fine and confinement just fine. Australorps are developed from the Black Orpington. ( I looked this up since I remember reading something about them being part Orpington. ) I wish I had another Australorp. Instead when I needed a buddy for her, I picked one that was Australorp/White Leghorn mix. Alyviah too has a sweetness to her personality like Lilah. Both are in the picture.I always loved the Australorps. I just never knew the name of them. I just love their big dark eyes and shimmering black feathers. In my research, I've looked through many breeds... only to bring me back to those again. They are everything I am looking for. I like the size, they are friendly, social, good egg-layers, brown egg-layers, and winter tolerant. I'm sure that I'm missing many good qualities, of course.