Pros: Size and egg laying ability

Cons: Slow to develop and hard to locate

Minorcas have always struck me as true royalty of the poultry world because of their stately presence and impressive size.  They are often overlooked for egg production in favor of White Leghorns or sex links these days but they are exceptional layers of very large white eggs. Once fully developed they are very large in size.  A full grown cock bird will be close to three feet with his comb and hens will also be very large with size near 7 lbs.

Of course hatchery Minorcas will grow much faster and lay a little smaller white eggs and also will not be near as large as the exhibition strains.  I have raised both.  The hatchery birds are a little more flighty, similar to Leghorns in that regard.  But they are still very good chickens that are very prolific layers.

The exhibition varieties are VERY large birds, stately and magnificent.  Seeing a flock of Minorcas together is a sight to behold as they are very active birds for being so large a specimen.

I currently have Single Comb and Rose Comb Black Minorcas but they were hard to find as there are not very many breeders at this time of exhibition type Minorcas.  They also come in SC and RC Whites and SC Buff.  Some good Buffs are being worked on at this time but the Whites are very rare in the US as many breeders chose to raise White Leghorns many years ago and the White varieties went to the wayside.

Hope this is helpful information.

WyandotteTX/ John


Pros: Very friendly, very social and quiet

Cons: None that I can think of.

I am the proud owner of a black Minorca named Caroline and a buff Minorca named Goldie and they are the sweetest bird in our mixed flock. They are  fairly large birds with beautiful feathers and white earlobes. My black Minorca has a beautiful green sheen in her feathers .They have  always allowed my children to pick them up and pet them and they also eat gently from our hands. I would definitely recommend this breed.


Pros: Friendly, Social, Good Layer

My Minorca hen, Pensacola, is by far the best chicken I have ever had. She is one of the few that have been blessed with a name! I first noticed how social she was at about 4 weeks old. She frequently would plow through the other chicks to jump onto my hand during feeding time. I wondered if this was just a temporary thing... Now that she is grown she jumps up onto my lap, shoulders, whatever! Pensacola loves being cuddled, she'll even fall asleep in my arms. I like to believe she is intelligent because she has never poo'd on me unlike other chickens. 


Minorcas are excellent layers of small-medium white eggs. Their bodies are petite in size and generally they do not gain as much weight as average breeds. Hens have large smooth combs. 


"Pensacola" as a baby chick:




Here she is at about 8 weeks:




At mature age:










Pros: sometimes really freindly but depends on how much you handle it, gorgous birds, amazing for showing

Cons: not good for meat use, sometimes very flighty and skittish

my one black Minorca named destiny is very friendly and actually comes up to me they are to young to take to show but look amazing I wish I got them sooner, and when I did get them it was the first time I heard of that breed but glad I did. my other buff Minorca named goldilocks is actually very flighty and very skittish but the difference was I held the black one more then the buff one as a chick so make sure if you get them that you hold it a lot.


Pros: independent, cockerels are non-aggressive to us and the other chickens

Cons: pullets are very shy and skittish

This is a preliminary review as I haven't had these chickens all that long. They have not begun laying, although I did have a Buff Minorca pullet a few years ago who laid very well. 


The cockerels are a bit skittish of us, and the pullets very skittish. The pullets tend to be near the bottom of the pecking order in my flock. The cockerels are getting along with each other as they were raised together.


The pullets are starting to become friendlier to me now that they are approaching the POL (point of lay). They are a bit chatty now and do come up to me sometimes.

I love this breed and have decided to make it my primary breed, with the others in the flock as extras. 

Some people say that you can mix them with the Black Minorca and then breed back to Buff over several years in order to build the size up on the Buff Minorcas. The Buff Minorcas do tend to weigh less than the Blacks right now here in America I have read.

I have never had a Black Minorca so cannot say if they are similar in temperament. 


My Buff Minorcas stay inside their large fenced area as they prefer the security. They can fly quite well though, and my original pullet from years ago did fly out of the pen as she had no buddies in the flock- she was a loner. Now that I have a group of Minorcas they do like to stay inside the pen and have actually never flown out. Mine came from McMurray. Sandhill has these also and I have not ordered from them but may someday. I think Ideal has them as well.




Pros: calm, vocal, good layer

Cons: laying can waver

I have two buff minorcas. Great girls that I have shown at the 4-H fair. Still laying pretty well at 2 years old


Pros: greta hens.

Cons: aggresive roosters, frighten easily

a little skittish but they come around.


Pros: Great layers of big white eggs, hardy, good forager, feed efficient layer.

Cons: Very skittish and flighty, too slender to raise for meat.

I got my Buff Minorcas from McMurray Hatchery in my first chick order as extra freebies.  The Buff Minorcas must have hatched better than McMurray expected that week.  I, as a newbie, thought that they were Buff Orpingtons for the longest time (they had golden feathers and pinkish white legs and feet).  But when they reached point of lay and got white earlobes I finally realized that they were actually Buff Minorcas!


Since I'm not fond of white eggs and I prefer the laid back temperament of dual purpose birds, I traded the Minorcas to my neighbor for some Red Sexlink pullets of the same age.  The Buff Minorcas proved to be her best layers during the summer months with each hen laying 6 or 7 big eggs every week while the rest of her hens were panting in the shade.  They were also good layers the rest of the year as well and from their second year on laid better than her Red Sexlinks of the same age.  She's very happy with them and if you asked her which is her favorite laying breed, she'd tell you Minorcas!


The Minorca was originally bred as an egg-production bird. The females seldom go broody, however some lines are known to have females that brood. They lay a chalky, white egg that is large. The Minorca, being a larger bird, does not have the excellent egg-laying abilities of the Leghorn hen, however once egg-production is finished, the larger size becomes evident upon dispatching. They are not a dual-purpose breed, however will yield more flesh than the Leghorn breed. The Minorca breed is not generally seen as a pet, but the females are very even-tempered and will not flee for many reasons at all. It is best to keep these birds in a pen with tall fencing as when something does startle them, they are able to jump high and will use their wings to boost their jumping abilities. Handling early in life will help decrease the desire of the Minorca bird to fly over fencing. Age will also help decrease the intensity of the flight instinct.

Breed PurposeEgg Layer
Climate ToleranceHeat
Egg ProductivityHigh
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Not bear confinementwell,Flighty,Shy,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesSingle Combed and Rose Combed. Colors include: Black, Blue, Barred, Buff, White.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassMediterranean
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Egg Layer
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: Heat

General Egg Info:

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

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Not bear confinement well,Flighty,Shy,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Single Combed and Rose Combed. Colors include: Black, Blue, Barred, Buff, White.

Breed Details:

Minorcas are flighty, but some strains have birds that are very sweet. Males do not seem to have the same aggressive tendencies as do Leghorn males. During the winter months, special care must be taken in order to preserve the large comb and wattles on the males and females of the single-combed variety.