Pros: Beautiful, Good Layer, Friendly

Cons: None so far

My Blue Andalusian, Silver, is one of my favorite chickens.  She is seven months old and is a delightful member of the flock. Her coloring and lacing is just beautiful even though she is a hatchery chick.  She lays a medium to large white egg 6 days a week with an occasional jumbo.  She fits in well with my flock and does not pick on the other girls, but does stand up for herself.  I do have to keep her in a covered run when I do not want her to free range because she is a good flyer, but she is very good about coming in when called.  I would love her appearance and spirit and would definetly recommend Andalusians to anyone. 

700She was about four months here.


Pros: Pretty, Tame, Doesn't Mind Being Picked Up, Good Egg Layers, VERY Photogenic

Cons: Doesn't like to be caught, Can Fly Easily, Combs Flop Over

The pictures are in reverse chronological order. This is such a gorgeous chicken breed. She was flighty when I bought her but with regular handing and bread, she's fine with being held. She's not mean to other chickens and she's not a crazy noise maker when she lays eggs like some other chickens. She was awarded a blue ribbon at a fair I went to. 



Blue Andalusian


Blue Andalusian pullet




Pros: Great laying, Beautiful

Cons: Flighty, squaky

I have three Blue Andalusian hens. They are very beautiful birds and do well in my flock of 24 birds. They started laying around 4 1/2 months and lay almost every day. There egg size has increased considerably in a months time. They can be very squaky and it is high pitched! Definitely a big con for me, but they're chickens so it's just what they do.


Pros: Very friendly

I have 3 from McMurray - 1 Blue, 1 Splash, 1 Black. I did have 2 splash but one of them died. The Black and Blues are very friendly, the splash is not. She's scared of me. The Blue, however, has been my friendliest chick since day 1. Now, at 5 weeks old, she always wants to be perching on me. Even when I take them outside to let them explore their soon-to-be coop & run area, the Blue always finds time to come crawl into my lap!


Pros: Amazing, sweet, personality, nice to other chickens, just great!

Cons: None, not one single thing

I had two of these chickens but the second night one died. The  one that lived (Greysie) Is absolutely fantastic! I love her so much


Pros: The hens are curious, friendly, NOT broody and lay large white eggs just about all year around. Roosters are just beautiful!

Cons: Mine easily fly over a 6' fence to explore and will fly back in evening. BIG combs tend to freeze in extreme cold; I bring my roos inside below 15.

Love this breed. I had gotten an Andalusian hen several years ago and she laid several eggs that an EE hatched out and the resulting mixes look so closely like the purebreds. I love this hen and ordered 16 more blue laced Andalusians from Welp hatchery last year.


Hens are so friendly and curious, do not mind being picked up. Roos are a little more flighty, just typical roos. I like the fact that they are not broody as my EE's go beserk all Spring trying to raise constantly. Would rather not have that. Andalusians lay an nice size white egg all through the Winter. The roosters are stunning!


Only con for me is they LOVE to fly, over anything. Several of mine fly over a 6' chain link fence, out of the pen to explore but they fly back in the evening...except for two hens who insist on roosting in my gazeebo. I carry them back every night. And the roosters have huge combs and wattles that tend to freeze so I bring them (3) in on extremely cold nights when the temperature goes below 15 degrees...



Pros: Good egg layer

Cons: flighty

My blue andalusian hen is a good layer. She became friendly quick and I would love to get more in the future.


Pros: Beautiful, good free range

Cons: Mean, flighty, aggressive to other breeds

I believe these chickens hate people. They were going after other chickens combs at 5 weeks. They are fine if allowed to free range, but in close quarters, they're terrible. Beautiful birds though. I have blue ones. They'll all be in the soup pot soon. Not recommended for a mixed flock.


Pros: beautiful! can fly really well! good at free ranging

Cons: scared of EVERYTHING, flighty! panicky, if you catch them be prepared to put ear plugs in.

i got one in a batch from a hatchery she is the most BEAUTIFUL bird i have! just with the smoky blue color! BUT....yes there is a butt she isent laying yet which isent the issue.....she along with my aconas .....are the FLIGHTIEST birds i have! wild birds aren't as flighty! i mean i raised them right i dont want to say ALL the birds are like that but mine are and it sucks! but they do WELL at free ranging! 


Pros: Good layer, beautiful, dominant, lots of personallity

Cons: flighty, slightly aggressive, stubborn

I originally bought 8 pullets. I thought 2 were blue andalusians, but one turned out to be a splash marans instead (very hard to tell them apart as babies lol). They are all 25 weeks old now and my BA, Dixie, has only missed 2 days since she started laying. She has been laying for 2-3 weeks now. Her eggs are a nice white, rounded shape and are very large for being pullet eggs. She is also absolutely stunning for being a hatchery chick.





The only problem I have with Dixie is that she's very dominant which causes her to be very unwelcoming to newcomers. She pinned one of my newest chickens down and pecked her in the back of the head until she was almost dead. If I hadn't of found her when I did, that poor chicken wouldn't have made it. If you don't have a rooster though, BA will make a good replacement as Dixie is very protective over the other hens even though we have a rooster.


The Andalusian breed of chicken, like the beautiful Andalusian horse, was developed in the Spanish province of the same name. This Mediterranean, close-feathered breed was produced by crossing a black bird with one of its white “sports” (a genetic mutation that produces a different color). It was first shown at the Crystal Palace in 1851 which took place in Hyde Park, England. The breed was used in the genetic experiments of the famous nineteenth-century monk Gregor Mendel, and helped him to understand recessive genetic traits, since two blue birds produce half blue offspring and one-quarter each black and splash offspring. Since then, the breed has been improved by selective breeding to produce the blue-with-black lacing that we see today.

Breed PurposeEgg Layer
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFlighty,Bears confinement well,Noisy
Breed Colors/VarietiesBlue / Black / Splash
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassMediterranean
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: Medium
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Flighty,Bears confinement well,Noisy

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Blue / Black / Splash

Breed Details:

Hardy, early great layers. Very active and talkative. Great foragers, best at free range but bears confinement in large open coops with large outdoor run. Combs on roosters get large and can get frost bite. Chicks are very active and can be very friendly if handled early and frequently. The eggs are wonderful to hatch and candle.