Andalusian

Average User Rating:
3.88679/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Egg Layer
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    White
    Breed Temperament:
    Flighty, Noisy, Hardy
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Blue / Black / Splash
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    Mediterranean
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    The Blue Andalusian aka Andaluza Azul is an ancient breed, originating as a landrace in south-west Spain in the region of Andalusia from whence it takes its name. The municipality of Utrera is considered the heartland of the breed. The exact make up of the Andalusian Breed is unknown, but the Castilian chicken breed was probably used as the root stock.

    Andalusians were first imported into both the UK and US around 1850. The original birds were a dull gray/blue color and the show Andalusian with the striking blue-laced plumage we know today, was developed primarily in England for the showpen, and were first exhibited in 1853. While Blue is the only color shown, Andalusians, as is usual with Blue colored fowl, are also found in Black and Splash. They have very large single combs, large wattles and white skins and earlobes.

    Andalusians are fast maturing and the hens are excellent layers of large white eggs, non-setters and good winter layers. They are a tough, hardy and active breed, though quite flighty. They do not take well to close confinement and will often become feather pickers if kept in those conditions. They are very good foragers, have good predator awareness and an excellent choice for a free range flock. They are fairly cold tolerant, thought their large combs and wattles, especially in the males, are susceptible to frostbite.

    It was recognized by the APA in 1874 and is on The Livestock Conservancy's Threatened list.

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    Andalusian chick

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    Andalusian Juvenile

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    Andalusian hen

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    Andalusian rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-blue-andalusian.1065043/
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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: Medium
    Egg Color: White

    Breed Temperament:
    Flighty,Bears confinement well,Noisy

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Blue / Black / Splash
    Breed Details:
    Hardy, early great layers. Very active and talkative. Great foragers, best at free range but bears confinement in large open coops with large outdoor run. Combs on roosters get large and can get frost bite. Chicks are very active and can be very friendly if handled early and frequently. The eggs are wonderful to hatch and candle.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. lily7grace92
    4/5,
    "Gorgeous bird!"
    Pros - Quiet
    Great free-ranger
    Reliable egg layer
    Gorgeous
    Friendly
    Cons - Flighty
    Hidden nests
    The good and the bad about our Andalusian:

    The good- She is a great layer of small round eggs (about 6-7 a week). She is a likable bird in the coop, somewhere in the middle of the pecking order and I have never seen her bully any of the other hens. Very quiet and I hardly notice she's there half the time, but she will come running as soon as I call her.
    The bad- She loves to make hidden nests. Just the other day I found 6 eggs in the hay bales. She also likes to sleep in the rafters of the coop instead of the roosting bars which kinda makes a mess in the water... oh well. Doesn't like to be pet or held in the slightest (will screech like your trying to burn her alive).

    In all a we love our Andalusian and may get more in the future. Phone pictures 063.JPG Phone pictures 064.JPG
    Overall:
    4
    Purchase Price:
    Free
  2. lauralou
    4/5,
    "Such interesting birds!"
    Pros - Great personalities
    Cons - Small white eggs
    Ok. Generally speaking, people either love Mediterranean birds or they hate them. I love them. And I recognize that they are not for everyone.

    They are extremely active. They don't like confinement, and are escape artists. Heck, they can fly. And I don't mean fly like a big fat chicken. I mean they can fly. You may see them hanging out on top of the coop. Just because they can.

    Mine laid smallish white eggs, and they did not lay as much as my other breeds. I just loved them for their beauty and their quirky little personalities.
  3. Mitchellwhitey
    4/5,
    "they barely lay"
    Pros - beautiful colors, friendly
    Cons - rarely laying
    nice chicken but rarely lays
    Overall:
    4
    Purchase Price:
    15 usd
    Purchase Date:
    3/3/18

User Comments

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  1. Ljc01
    My birds have been laying for a couple of months. I seem to be getting an egg a day from all 5 of my girls. They are medium size eggs and I am hoping they get a little bigger.
    The only problem I had was training them to come back and roost in the coop at night. They all wanted to roost in the trees. It took a lot of poking in the ass with a long stick and treats, put they finally got the message!
  2. Leihamarie
    UPDATE: I wrote an earlier review on my precocious little mama's girl. Lulu is now about 10 months old and lays really pretty white eggs consistently and reliably. There have been some rough patches with her behavior, but we worked them out after a bit of a struggle. At around 6 months old she started pecking me... hard! She goes for exposed skin which usually are my hands and the tops of my feet if I'm in sandals. It was a power struggle for a while and anything I tried to thwart the behavior (moving toward her, pushing her back, gently pinning her to the ground, etc...) only enraged her and made her peck harder, lol! I really did think about giving her the freezer nap but I kept hoping it was just the POL hormones. Well, I was half right, hahaha! after weeks of power struggles and missing my sweet mama's girl, I realized she was pecking me because she wanted me to pick her up and give her cuddles. It's not my preferred method of request, but she's not aggressive about it now (too much, lol!) and the hormones have really evened out. She's back to being my precocious girl... following me EVERYWHERE, but she still pecks me to ask to be picked up and held. She actually gets mad if I don't spend enough cuddle time with her daily. We have our morning routine of my drinking tea while she takes her mid-morning nap settled down on my lap. She also likes to be in the house if I'm inside. I'm glad I stuck with her. She's the most clever chicken I've had and definitely the most attached if just a little sassy.
  3. AbisChicks16
    I love my Blue Andulasian hen. I named her Dumah, which means angel of silence. Little did I know that she would be my loudest hen. Her beauty and friendliness makes up for her often annoying and loud chatter.
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  4. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    Some people informed that they are great layers of very very big eggs!!!
    Do they have a strong immune system as a breed?
    1. AbisChicks16
      Mine isn't a great layer. I might get 3-4 eggs a week. Her eggs aren't huge, just regular size white eggs.
      AbisChicks16, Mar 7, 2018
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    2. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
      Do they eat layer pellets? Maybe they need more protein. And some diatomaceous earth.
      Thomas Lamprogiorgos, Mar 15, 2018
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  6. Abriana
    I would love some Andalusians, because they are pretty and lay white eggs. My Wyandottes just started laying and they lay very white eggs with a teeny pinkish tint, so I'm happy, and am putting money into ducks. I wanted a white laying hen because the only white laying hen i have is a very broody dutch bantam who lays eight eggs, and then goes broody. She will hatch out her fourth batch of chicks six or seven eggs from now lol. I still think Andalusians are beautiful and would make a great addition to my flock.
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  7. jtn42248
    I have two blues, two black and a splash. They are all beautiful birds but very aggressive to the other hens. They have ruined it for me on Mederitanian breeds.
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  8. BohoAlly
    I know exactly what you're talking about. I bought 2 as chicks, they're 3 yrs. now. This last yr. and a half has been much more enjoyable with them now, I believe bc they've been kept with 30 other LF birds and have picked up on their calm personalities but it was a long time coming. Whew!!!
  9. MILOCHICKEN
    Should I get A Blue Andulusion
  10. AlilSassy
    I like mine so far, but you know how they can change after "puberty" sets in

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