- Breed Purpose:
- Egg Layer
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Breed Temperament:
- Wild / restless,Flighty,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Shy
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
- APA/ABA Class:
The Ancona is a breed of chicken which originated in the Marche region of Italy, but was bred to its present type mainly in the United Kingdom in the 19th century. It is named after the city of Ancona, capital of the Marche. It is popular in Britain and the United States, but uncommon in Italy; an initiative to re-establish it in its native area and preserve its biodiversity was launched in 2000. There are also Ancona bantams.
The first Ancona chickens were imported into England in 1851, and selectively bred there for regularity and consistency of the white markings in the plumage. In 1880 a breeder named Cobb showed a group. Some birds were exported from Britain to the United States in 1888. Rose-combed Ancona chickens were first shown in Birmingham in 1910.
In the United States, the single-comb Ancona was recognised by the American Poultry Association in 1898, and the rose-comb bird in 1914.
The Ancona is a good layer of white eggs, of which it lays an average of 220 per year. Hens have little tendency to broodiness. Pullets may begin to lay at 5 months. It is a typical Mediterranean breed, rustic, lively and hardy. Birds range widely and take flight easily.
The plumage of the Ancona is black mottled with white. Approximately one feather in three has a v-shaped white marking at the tip. All primaries, sickles and tail-feathers should have white tips. The black feathers may have a beetle-green tint. In Italy, blue mottled with white is also recognised in full-size birds, but not in bantams. Australia recognises a Red variety, with a chestnut to red bay ground colour.
The legs are yellow mottled with black, the beak yellow with some black markings on the upper mandible, and the eye orange-red. The skin is yellow, the ear-lobes white or cream-coloured. The comb is of medium size, with five well-marked points; in hens it should fall gracefully to one side. In the United Kingdom and in the United States, but not in Italy, a rose comb is permitted.
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Egg Layer
Climate Tolerance: All Climates
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: White
Wild / restless,Flighty,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Shy
Breed Colors / Varieties:
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
Recent User Reviews
"Flighty and Fast"
Pros - Lays good eggs and can easily escape predators.
Cons - Can be a little noisy and gets spooked easily.
Anconas are good layers. They should not be kept as cuddly birds and should only be picked up if it wishes to be or you have to. They easily can run from predators or from you. Just thought I should share some information that I learned from my Anconas.
"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.