Ancona

Average User Rating:
3.81818/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Egg Layer
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    White
    Breed Temperament:
    Wild / restless,Flighty,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Shy
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Tipped
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    Mediterranean
    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.
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  • 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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Recent User Reviews

  1. Eastbaymama
    3/5,
    "A little noisy"
    Pros - Great layers
    Cons - Roost in tree above their coop
    These girls area great white egg layers on the smaller size for eggs. Quite consistent layers. They are more noisy than my other chickens. If I don't throw chicken scratch into their coop they will roost in the trees above their coop. Not too safe as I do have predators around.
  2. mustangrooster
    5/5,
    "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 and dont spook around them.

    As for Sweetheart, bless her soul, she was the most sweetest and the most gentle hen out of all our flock. For a certain time she was top of the pecking order, dont exactly know how but she was. She was a good leader too. She was very gentle, sweet and curious. However she got spooked easily too.

    She layed good small-ish white eggs, but soon stopped laying everyday, due to older age, but she tried to lay an egg everyday! Soon she stopped laying altogether for a while. Why? She was getting picked on by ALL the roosters in flock, too gentle to fight back, was now the bottom of the pecking order, refused to mate with anyone but Cowboy.

    She was on the run from everyone for a period of time, and i would see Cowboy just dying to get to her.

    Rest in Peace Sweetheart, she gave up her final battle when heatstroke got the better of her.

    If put into Pairs Anconas seem to bond forever, Cowboy still sometimes trys to find where his mate went.
    Overall:
    5
  3. Almond goose
    4/5,
    "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.



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    Left Stinker, Right Fern when they where chicks I always joked that
    Stinker looked so manly with his mascara under his eye.
    Overall:
    4

User Comments

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  1. hippiestink
    Update: she's a lot better now after several months and a molt. Occasionally asserts her place in the pecking order, but doesn't fight the other hens or anything anymore. She even tries to crow and has become the head honcho.
  2. hippiestink
    We've tried separation techniques. At this point the only other option is to wait for a molt, as some say they see attitude improvement afterward.
  3. Ugadano
    Thanks for the review. I wonder if you could quarantine her again even at this late stage, in a wire pen for good visibility, and allow the pecking order to adjust? I'm thinking about how to build some laundry basket sized dome pens just for sitting over one in the shade for a day or 2 to do an attitude adjustment. Had to pen up a feather-eating pullet twice, the second time for over a week, right against the tractor the rest were in, to keep her from causing bleeding and more blood pecking. I bought them at reduced price because they wer older and covered in purple stuff and still pecking, even after I put them in a large tractor pen and they were so happy that they forgot to eat each other. Everyone else had stopped it, and I had to stand in the shade for a few minutes to figure out who she was and then marked her to catch. "Act up again and you get the Wire Bell Jar/Dome of Shame!"
  4. hellbender
    The sad thing is, most people in this country and the Western World will never know what 'chicken' is really supposed to taste like...You and I both know it should taste like CHICKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol
  5. Sylvester017
    Hi hellbender - yep, the restaurant and market industry is cranking out 8 week old Cornish X chickens and they might have won the industry's needs to have a fast-growing meat hybrid but they didn't bother to taste the bland hybrid result. The meat is so tasteless today that you'll notice restaurant menus have all the chicken dishes smothered in heavy seasoned batters, sugary fruit toppings, over-salted gravies or sauces, or loaded with extra hot peppers, garlic, or onions to give the meat any kind of taste. On the farm our Leghorns might've been on the smaller side but a little salt or pepper was all that was needed to pan fry, bake, or stew our chickens and the savory flavor is nostalgic to me. Our friends sampled raising a dozen Cornish X and said they had to brine the carcass in seasoning for at least 24 hours prior to roasting for the meat to have any kind of flavor after cooking.
  6. hellbender
    Beautiful birds and great review. If I ever had either breed I would dub them...for their own comfort and protection. They could see much better and would certainly do much better in very cold weather...but since I will NEVER have either of them, you purist need not worry. While I do admire the breeds and recognize the the impact they have played out on other breeds, they simply have on place in my program...but still enjoy seeing pics.
  7. hellbender
    Just found this...good comment @Sylvester017 !!!!!!! I can NOT eat that trash from rhw mega-mart stores that are only about 8 weeks old of tasteless glob. I dislike veal for the same reason...no taste. For me, it's hybrid capons for plenty of high-grade, aged-on-the-hoof chicken that is just bursting with old world flavor. A delight to the taste buds~~~~~~~~~~~~~~YUUUMMMMM
  8. hellbender
    Good husbandry dictates that we separate the genders before the younger cockerels can harm the hens/pullets, usually by 4 or 5 months. So many wonderful prospective cock-birds are 're-homed' (I hate that term) or destroyed because a human bit off too much than they were prepared to deal with and it's almost the 'roo' who catches hell for the failures of the overseer.
  9. hellbender
    Ok...mixed with what? I have no aversion to crossbreeding for a goal...You got a goal?
  10. kaitflower
    He is aggressive to everything, really. He's gone after several people. Sometimes he hides behind the car and ambushes people who are walking by not even knowing he's there.

    When he gets his eye on a hen he will chase her all days til he gets her.

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