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  • 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.

    Ancona chick

    Ancona hen

    Ancona rooster
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Egg Layer
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: White

    Breed Temperament:
    Wild / restless,Flighty,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Shy

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    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







Recent User Reviews

  1. Lilandra311
    "Love their splashes of color"
    Pros - They are stunning to look at
    Cons - They are flighty. More than my other breeds.
    I just love these birds
  2. Butterscotchbitesfinger
    "A real stunner"
    Pros - Sweet once you catch her
    Cons - A little hard to catch
    6AC140AC-6C9E-4674-812E-CC9D18470F42.jpeg i have one Ancona pullet her name is Lucabelle and she can be a little difficult to catch sometimes but I still highly recommend this lovely hen
  3. A.M. Eggs
    "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.
    Ryn2011 likes this.

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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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