Ancona

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Pros: TOP layers, they begin laying eirlier than other breeds, Big White eggs, Flighty, Friendly, econimical, different, pretty feathering and fun to watch!

Cons: none.

Just a great bird in my eyes.

My 3 Ancona's ( spot, dot and splash ) are very friendly with me, each have laid a big white egg every day since the age of 17 weeks ( which is early for most breeds ). They are very economical eaters.

I just love watching them fly, hop and bounce up our terraces and all through the garden. They are great at escaping from predators......and the run, but at least they jump back over when they want to lay an egg.

I would suggest these are great birds for people with space, hot climates and want a breed that can evade predators and lay them lost of eggs.

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Pros: Lay lots of white eggs,don't eat a lot,.great bug killers,curious and friendly as long as you are calm around them.

Cons: A bit flighty if you move to quickly around them.

 

A friendly chatty little chicken.

Love the color/markings on mine.

I did have to earn their trust by staying quiet in my movements around them.

I like them more every day.

Economical eaters and great tick pickers.

They love to follow me around like little ducklings-occasionally undo my shoestrings for fun.

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Pros: Excellent layer and forager. Docile and interacts well with people.

Cons: Flighty and sometimes noisy

The most attractive aspect of this breed, apart from the pretty feathers, is the large white eggs they lay practically everyday. They rarely, if ever go broody, and providing managed well, can fully moult in a month at the end of the year's laying season. My girl is the boss of my little flock and has been the most prolific layer. She even managed to squeeze out an egg well over 100 grams !!! ep.gif

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This is her a few weeks ago.
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This is her as a young 'un

She started laying at just over 20 weeks old (22 possibly) and didn't waver until she started her moult.

 

The problem with the Ancona, as with most of its Mediterranean relatives, is the fact they are flighty. Unless you are keeping them confined, you will need to clip wing feathers or else they'll be over fences, up in trees and in all the wrong places. They can also be a little vocal sometimes, but I like to think of it as them singing me a song big_smile.png

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Pros: entertaining, gentle, beautiful, personality, cute

Cons: none

All of my birds love their treats.  My Ancona knows where the treats are and goes to them and calls for me to get them out for her.  She is friendly, allows anyone to pick her up and hug her.  She does not fight handling.  She is very docile and permissive.  I know that many people say this breed is flighty and she surely does fly quite a bit higher than the other birds like to.  I have heard them described as the "Acrobat of chickens"  she is nimble and agile.  Much more so than my other flying footballs.  She doesn't try to escape or fly at anyone.  I only notice that she likes to roost high and she likes to be up so she can see.  I think it's cute.  She does have a very specific call that she makes.  This is very particular to her and I can tell she is making the noise.  It sounds kind of scratchy and demanding, but I think it is cute.  I'll put up with anything from her.  I guess that makes me a crazy chicken lady, but my fiance really really adores her too.  She is a pretty small bodied bird and not very tall.  She is the 2nd smallest next to the Silkie/ Cochen mutt.  We really like her. This breed deserves more stars!!

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Pros: Get along well with other chickens, good foragers

Cons: Good ability to fly

Acquired these two girls from someone who wasn't supposed to have them in the city. They were still pullets. They lay one egg every other day between the two of them. Have not noted them to be particularly flighty, however, when they do decide to take wing, they have more height and distance than any other breed in our flock. Was surprised by the height of comb and the spurs on the hens, we actually thought they were roosters at first! Overall, energetic, lively birds that allow us to handle them.

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Pros: Prolific egg-layers

Cons: Constant noise makers

 

My two Ancona hens, Heckle & Jeckle. Named so because they are always right next to each other just like in the cartoon.

 

I love my Anconas. They have got the most funny personalities and very lively. Mine are the most frequent layers in my flock and very rarely skip a day egg-laying. They do however make constant noise. Not too loud, just what seems like a constant wining. These birds are a little on the flighty side and have great jumping ability. Even with flight feathers trimmed mine can jump much higher than the rest of the hens in my flock.

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Cons: Flighty

This summer I was given two Ancona hens which was a breed I had been wanting for sometime. Their feathers shine beautifully and their patterns are so unique between each bird. The combs are large even with the hens. I was shocked to see how well this breed can fly! My hens easily jump in one swift motion onto the roof of their coop - about 7ft high. They also perch on the 6ft chain link fence of their enclosure each morning before escaping to the other side!

 

 

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Pros: Good Layers - small body therefor less food intake

Cons: Small eggs

I have just one Ancona now that started laying several weeks ago. As of now her eggs are still quite small. Even smaller than my Leghorn's eggs who started laying just a couple weeks ago. That being said she lays everyday now. She is a small bodied bird like many Mediterranean breeds which is nice since their feed intake is much smaller than my heavier breeds. Also, like many Mediterranean breeds she is a good flyer. Somewhat flighty when startled, but that isn't really a problem for me. Of course, she doesn't like being held, but she has never pecked or fought against me once I grab her. I love her large comb and I hope it gets even bigger and flops over, but that might be just me, :D. This could cause problems when it gets cold out, which is inevitable in Wisconsin. She started laying at 21 weeks approx. which I was slightly disappointed with since I thought these were early laying breeds, but it would be my luck to get one who takes her time. Oh well, to each its own. I would suggest this breed to others for both its usefulness as a layer and the beautiful looks.

 

I did have an Ancona roo that I got rid of at 14 weeks. He started crowing at 13 wks and neighbors started to notice. I don't he would have made a good flock rooster though. Too shy and selfish.

 

 


Here she is a few weeks before laying. Her comb is much bigger and redder now

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Pros: Our girl lays mass eggs and is kind

Cons: she behaves like a rooster and is flighty.

our girl has pretty tail feathers that stand up she is kind but crazy.

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Pros: Great layers, they don't eat a ton of food

Cons: Really flighty, rare, not good for pet purposes.

   I'm not the biggest fan of this breed, as they are notoriously flighty. However, they are very good layers, one of the best breeds for that purpose. They also, since they're a Mediterranean class breed, are thin and don't eat much. Ancona's tend to be pretty rare also. Overall, not the best breed, at least for me.

Ancona
Description:

Ancona's originate from Ancona, Italy from the 1800s. They come in both rose comb and single comb. They are also good egg layers and show birds. They lay about 5 eggs a week.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeEgg Layer
CombSingle
BroodinessSeldom
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityHigh
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentWild / restless,Flighty,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Shy
Breed Colors/VarietiesTipped
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassMediterranean
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Egg Layer
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Wild / restless,Flighty,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Shy

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Tipped

Breed Details:

Males can reach 6 1/2 lbs. Females are excellent layers and they are a good forager and flyer. They lay white to cream coloured eggs and you can still get white eggs to those with red earlobes. They like foraging away from humans and are very active alert and bold. They will be happy in confinement, but at first they may seem a bit restless. Many of the birds will become whiter an whiter as they become older. ***AWAITING PICS*** Thanks to Wilkamdai and www.ChickenBreeds.info

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