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Ancona Reviews

Positive Reviews




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.
Just Because

Italian Beauty


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 !!!    This is her a few weeks ago.   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...
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Beautiful chickens that lay plenty of eggs.


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.

Negative Reviews


ok, but rooster is female (human) aggressive


Pros: Pretty, alert

Cons: flighty, aggressive rooster

I like these chickens pretty well, but my rooster has become very aggressive towards females.  I'm a pretty "manly" woman and he still come at me sometimes.  I don't trust him to be ranging if we have company.  Good supply of eggs from the hen though and such a cute comb!

Flighty but good layers


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.

Never Again!


Pros: Good egg layers.

Cons: Flighty, nervous, mean to other chickens.

I have 2 of these hens, and I will never get any again! My Anconas are good egg layers, but they are VERY flighty, nervous, mean to other chickens, and just a plain horrible chicken!   Here is my Ancona hen Ellie:  

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king tail

ok to me


Pros: pretty

Cons: very aggressive,flyghty

i only have the rooster, and he is very mean.i would not get the rooster if i were u. but he is one of the most handsome roosters i have ever seen. he was in his molting season

Anconas are Really Awesome; Entertaining, Sweet & Loving


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...
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Great Personalities


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.
Kristin Brown



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!    

Troublemakers But WONDERFUL Attack Chickens and Layers!


Pros: Feisty, talkative, decent layers

Cons: Flighty, somewhat aggressive to flock members

I have this love-hate relationship with my Ancona mix Duchess.   On one hand, she's a decent layer, giving large white eggs every other day. She's brave and quick to charge animals that come near the fence (not people though). She's got beautiful plumage and loves to cluck your ears off.   On the other hand, she likes to fight the other hens and was VERY flighty. We had to not only cover the entire 400 sq ft run but also had to clip her wings just to get her to stop flying over the fence to roost on the neighbor's hedge.   So my recommendation? As soon as you get one, clip the wings. Keep her quarantined for longer than usual to get her used to the other flock members...
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Interesting girls


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.

A great beautiful bird.


Pros: Beautiful, roosters are the most docile and sweetest things in the world, hens lay good white eggs, very gentle, No bad bone in their body

Cons: Can be flighty, trust me they run miles if frightened, after a certain time i find egg production becomes less as well.

Anconas have to be the sweetest birds i know. In fact they were one of the first chickens i got.   They were a breeding pair; Cowboy and Sweetheart.   Let me tell you, if you want a rooster get a Ancona. Cowboy is the sweetest, gentlest rooster i have come across. Never once attacked, protects his girls too, however if another roosters comes along he cant exactly protect himself- hes too gentle, Being that he was bottom of the rooster pecking order.   He can get frightened easily, will run for miles actually. He gets along well with every other bird, and when theres a intruder he really does sound the alarm! He can be weary of humans however, so you have to be gentle...
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Almond goose

Good Bird


Pros: Pretty, good layers, good foragers.

Cons: hard show bird, Flighty, can be noise, smaller eggs.

The Ancona is a vary Pretty bird but could be difficult to show, because the spots may not be Constantine and may have black scales on there legs (which is normal in the breed). My Anconas Fern and Stinker  (long story) are good foragers with corky personalities. Both of them are flighty and get spooked with any sudden movements.         Left Stinker, Right Fern  when they where chicks I always joked that Stinker looked so manly with his mascara under his eye. 

A Bit Flighty, But A Great Bird Overall


Pros: Good egg producer, cold-hardy, sweet if well-cared for in chickhood

Cons: Flighty, skiddish if not well-cared for in chickhood, doesn't lay many eggs during winter

I have an Ancona bird, and she is actually pretty sweet, and is a good egg-producer. Although she is all pros in the summer, during a long period in the winter, she doesn't produce eggs very often. She is also quite flighty if we let her wings grow out, and a bit skiddish at times. But she really is a good bird. She is higher on the pecking order, which helps with her winter egg production once in a while.   If you are looking for birds to add to your flock, I recommend the Ancona.
Top Rooster

Very flighty until they start to lay eggs they become easy to catch


Pros: Friendly once they are mature lay nice big eggs

Cons: Flighty before they start to lay eggs

I don't know what made mine become friendly but she all of a sudden was friendly I think it may have been because she went blind in one of her eyes due to an injury or the fact that she lays eggs now she became blind and friendly and started to lay just in one week so I don't know what made her be like this
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