Pros: nice personality

Cons: not the best egglayers

Had some Cubalaya Bantams years ago. They are wonderful friendly birds. They were not prone to fighting. They do fly well. the hens are a beautiful reddish color. Only drawback was they seemed prone to Mareks, so i would suggest getting them vaccinated.


Pros: Beautiful birds that are good foragers, egg layers and meat birds.

Cons: Slow growers and small due to too much inbreeding.

I am new to Cubalayas, but everything I have learned so far about the breed is good.  The one thing anyone should know before looking to get into Cubalayas, is how rare good birds are.  The one sad thing about this breed is that, due to the their rarity and lack of multiple strains, there is not a lot of genetic variance and this has resulted in a lot of inbreeding that has led to the weakening of the Cubalaya breed.  Most birds now days are underweight.  Fortunately there are several dedicated breeders out there that are doing their best to revive this beautiful breed.  I hope to add my efforts to theirs and get the Cubalaya back to a healthy state so that many future generations can enjoy this amazing breed.


Pros: tame, beautiful, surprisingly good layers, tasty meat

Cons: some strains have become small over the years

we got some of these from sandhill preservation and liked them so much that we started breeding them. they were easy to 'breed up' but their were some things they still lacked. so, we looked for breeders who had different strains of cubalaya. we got some brown red hens and a gold duckwing cock from gallorojo. we added some blacks from saladin. in the past we bred for size and type. now we are breeding for size , type, tameness, color, and multiple spurs. if you let them free range they will forage very good. they lay a good amount of medium sized eggs. their meat is very tasty. they are hardy, vigorous, and healthy. they look good in your yard.










Pros: Beautiful, GREAT foragers, non-aggressive to birds or people, very friendly, hardy

Cons: A little too fearless. Also, eggs are quite small.

Want a huge personality in a little package? A little bird that can run with the big birds? A super friendly long-tailed friend? Get a Cubalaya.


They're great birds, even in mixed flocks. They can (and will) take up for themselves, but aren't bird aggressive. They're SUPER friendly with people, extremely personable, and have huge personalities. They're great free-rangers and economical eaters. Very hardy in cold or heat!


They have few downsides - one, the eggs are small (like them) and two - they're downright fearless. This seems like a good thing at first, but a little hen I had once killed herself - my father was out in the backyard, sawing up wood - she flew up to perch on him, nearly landing on the running chainsaw! They're crazy little buggers, but they'll make you smile. I miss my girl terribly and I'd love to have another one day.


Pros: Beautiful , Dignified Breed

Cons: Experiences Vary depending upon the source of Stock

My experience is that the stock I started with are very Hardy, more so than some other breeds I had.  Most of my hens are reliable layers of medium and large sized eggs.  Some are broody and some are not. There seem to be many differing opinions about this breed , which I think are determined by the source of the Cubalayas.  Mine do not do well if closely confined .  Easily my Favorite Breed  


Pros: Dont get frightened easily, tame, friendly, do well with children, pretty

Cons: Flighty, very slow growers, roosters are aggressive with other roosters

I got 4 Cubalayas, 2 hens and 2 roosters from Urch Turnland Poultry. They are very beautiful and friendly. However, they do need to be handled a lot or they will not let you pick them up (1 rooster that was not handled) My Cubalayas are picked up at least once a day since the time they were babies by young children and myself. Now they do very well with people, definatly the most friendly breed I've raised (I have raised Orpingtons, Brahmas, Frizzles, Dominiques, Cochins, and a few mixed breeds) For showing in the county fair they are not the best because they do take very long to mature. The 5 month olds I have now are still quite small. The roosters are aggressive with other roosters, my two Cubalaya roosters are separated currently. One of them is better with people than other roosters, and the other one is in with 3 others (the bottom of the pecking order because of his size) so he doesn't dare attack any :fl The rooster I have handled the most (Carlos) is very friendly and even crows when I'm holding him :idunno When he was younger he got sick and stayed indoors with me, and would fall asleep on me, eat dinner with me (ocassianly stealing a pasta noodle) and cuddle under my arm. :hugs Now that he's older he is not as cuddly as before but still tolerates me putting him in my sweatshirt :woot Friendliest rooster ive had. Crusty and Chloe (chloe died, sadly, the cause was unknown) are the hens. Chloe was my little sister's favorite, and she would do dance routines with her, Chloe was the calmest of all of them and was a wonderful canidate for poultry showmanship. Crusty likes perching on my hand and arm more than being held, and likes to sleep when i am holding her. Both are very sweet hens. Craig, the rooster that was not handled, doesn't like to be picked up. He does eat out of my hand when I'm in the coop feeding him, since its difficult for him to get to food. 


If you are thinking about getting Cubalayas it is important to handle them a lot. The more you do handle them, the friendlier they will be !:love

Love This breed and highly reccomend to people looking for pets/older show birds


Pros: Beautiful

Cons: None really

I have 2 cubalaya roosters. I also had a golden duckwing cubalaya rooster. They are beautiful chickens.


Pros: Gorgeous, active foragers, good fliers, friendly

Cons: medium eggs, not many breeders

I purchased a trio from cubalaya in Virginia. It has been amazing to watch them and get to know them. Their looks are quite striking, and the females are gorgeous in their own right. The girls are also extremely agile, and quickly figured out our plum tree even before the first plum hit the ground. They have been surprisingly good layers, laying well into this winter their first year. The rooster is very vigilant and conservative. Unlike my previous rooster he sends everyone running for cover if he spots a raptor. I look forward to raising some babies this spring.


My birds have been quite curious and friendly. They will jump in my lap for treats, but do not wish to be held. You AREN'T going to catch a cubalaya loose in the yard - wait until nightfall, they're FAST. Mine are free ranging with production reds and Marans and seem to be doing fine. The rooster is very mellow toward his son, to the point I need to give junior away so I can get pure offspring. So I could see this being a problem in a larger mixed flock.


Pros: Beautiful

Cons: Flighty and not very hardy.

I have raised these in the past, very beautiful but in my experience they weren't very hardy. I think they would be best raised in their on pen away from other breeds. Just MHO.


The ancestry stock of the Cubalaya originated in the Philippines, and was brought into Cuba in the 1800’s. With careful selection and breeding, the Cubalaya was developed as a breed and first exhibited in the United States, in the 1930’s, at the International Poultry Show in Cleveland, Ohio. Cubalaya are classified as an Oriental Game breed. The breed standard was first approved in 1935, by the American Poultry Association, with the name Cubalaya in honor of Cuba where the breed originated. Cubalaya have a very nice white meat, lay an average of 4 – 5 eggs per week during their peak egg-laying season, and serve as a duel purpose breed in Cuba. Within the United States, they are typically kept for ornamental and exhibition purposes. Caballe, Carlos F.(1944, July). Las Cubalayas. “Tribuna Avicola,” official publication of the “Asociacion Nacional de Avicultura”. Retrieved August 21, 2009, from ALBC. Cubalaya Chicken. Retrieved August 21, 2009, from

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorLight Brown
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Easily handled,Calm
Breed Colors/VarietiesThe American Poultry Association recognizes Black Breasted Red, White, and Black.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: Pea
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: Light Brown

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Easily handled,Calm

Breed Colors / Varieties:

The American Poultry Association recognizes Black Breasted Red, White, and Black.

Breed Details:

Cubalaya are a magnificent and beautiful specimen. The breed exhibits an upright stately carriage, fierce bay colored eyes, and a very Âpeople-friendly nature. From chick to mature adult, Cubalaya are very curious animals and typically easily tamed. The males, at 6 lbs, have gorgeous long, lobster-shaped tails, rosary spurs, and a fierce, predatory head-shape. The females are slightly smaller at 4 lbs, and though they are pale in color compared to their male counterparts they do make excellent protective brood hens. Please note that Cubalaya may take up to 2  3 years to reach full maturity, especially in the males concerning tail growth and weight. The ALBC lists Cubalaya status as Threatened. There are a few hatcheries that offer Cubalaya; however, quality brood stock is currently difficult to locate. While the APA only lists three approved colors, there are various other wheaten based color varieties such as the blue/red, gold & silver duckwing, pyle, blue/gold, ginger, black/red, lemon blue, etc All photos provided by Cuban Longtails.