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Andalusian

Average User Rating:
3.82609/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Egg Layer
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    White
    Breed Temperament:
    Flighty,Bears confinement well,Noisy
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Blue / Black / Splash
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    Mediterranean
    The Andalusian breed of chicken, like the beautiful Andalusian horse, was developed in the Spanish province of the same name. This Mediterranean, close-feathered breed was produced by crossing a black bird with one of its white “sports” (a genetic mutation that produces a different color). It was first shown at the Crystal Palace in 1851 which took place in Hyde Park, England. The breed was used in the genetic experiments of the famous nineteenth-century monk Gregor Mendel, and helped him to understand recessive genetic traits, since two blue birds produce half blue offspring and one-quarter each black and splash offspring. Since then, the breed has been improved by selective breeding to produce the blue-with-black lacing that we see today.
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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. navajas
    1/5,
    "Occasionally gorgeous, always annoying, decent..."
    Pros - About 1 in 5 are gorgeous
    Cons - Flighty, eggs aren't great, obnoxious
    I moved these hens along after only a year and will not order them again. They are extremely flighty (over the fence almost daily), they are not exceptional layers, comparatively, and the eggs they do lay are the least yummy eggs I've harvested from chickens (barely, if at all, better than your typical high end grocery egg). They also took living IN the nesting boxes, (despite ample roosting space) something I've seen no other breed do. This would have just been quaint, I suppose, if they also didn't also quickly crap all of them up requiring constant cleaning or all of our eggs would be covered in poop every day.

    Hopefully the hens themselves will be tastier than their eggs.
    Overall:
    1.5
  2. MattnCJ
    4/5,
    "Good with others but flighty"
    Pros - Good Layer, Friendly with others in flock, Beautiful Bird
    Cons - Flighty and skiddish of everything
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    Our Blue Bell is a lovely bird. She is a great layer and good with the other 8- Sister Chicks. Good layer, 5-7 eggs per week. Not very friendly, and flies even with clipped wings. She flew into the neighbors yard and got attacked by their dog. She is in recovery. She has let us treat her without any trouble. As she recoups, she has gotten her skittishness back. Beautiful Bird!! And Very friendly with the other girls in the flock.
    Overall:
    4.5
  3. AlilSassy
    4/5,
    "Under 6mos still"
    Pros - Pretty, Unique, mine are annoyingly friendly
    Cons - Haven't found any yet
    I have 3 Andalusian (2 Girls, 1 Boy)... they are being raised with Lakenvelder, Cornish, Brahma and Nacked Necks... the whole group is so friendly, they try to climb all over me any chance they get. The Andalusian were the first to come to my hand at 2 wks old teaching the others to trust me. The Andalusian are the bigger birds of the bunch, and so are the more dominant set, but only the male is overly pushy around food, but from my experience all of my males have been that way. I'm pretty sure I will be tripping over these three constantly once they are grown enough to go outside and not worry about the winter cold. It was a good last minute choice for me. Mine are from Welp Hatchery if that matters to anyone deciding. (My male is a splash, my females are Laced)
    Overall:
    4

User Comments

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  1. Barrdwing
    Our foundation flock included three Andalusians, and the rooster was such a great fellow that he became the "keeper." I was not as pleased with the hens, though: one of them was a feather-puller and a bully, and she taught her bad habits to some of our EE hens. I know that that kind of thing can happen with any breed, but the combination of such a bad habit plus her fiery Spanish temper was really a problem. However, the original roo and his sons were fantastic: they were very intelligent fellows and well-mannered, and they did a great job of keeping their hens safe and maintaining order. Not to mention the fact that the Andies are gorgeous birds. I'd definitely recommend this breed, with the caveat that they are very active and a little high-strung, so you want to avoid a bird that's a bully.
  2. Barrdwing
    Our foundation flock included three Andalusians, and the rooster was such a great fellow that he became the "keeper." I was not as pleased with the hens, though: one of them was a feather-puller and a bully, and she taught her bad habits to some of our EE hens. I know that that kind of thing can happen with any breed, but the combination of such a bad habit plus her fiery Spanish temper was really a problem. However, the original roo and his sons were fantastic: they were very intelligent fellows and well-mannered, and they did a great job of keeping their hens safe and maintaining order. Not to mention the fact that the Andies are gorgeous birds. I'd definitely recommend this breed, with the caveat that they are very active and a little high-strung, so you want to avoid a bird that's a bully.
  3. Gomes Bantams
    I have only one. His name is Ol' Blue and he is a very nice rooster. They are a very nice breed for eggs and show.
  4. Gomes Bantams
    I have only one. His name is Ol' Blue and he is a very nice rooster. They are a very nice breed for eggs and show.
  5. Mykee
    Most roosters are loud and have their own territory. Very few I have owned have allowed another cock in the area after 6 months of age.
  6. Mykee
    Most roosters are loud and have their own territory. Very few I have owned have allowed another cock in the area after 6 months of age.
  7. Dawna
    How large are these birds? Are they classified as docile or active? I have a BPR and a Buff Orpington that are that friendly. I'm not sure I want them to be. The Buff jumped on my back while I was bent over working and I could hardly get her off before she scratched me.
  8. Dawna
    How large are these birds? Are they classified as docile or active? I have a BPR and a Buff Orpington that are that friendly. I'm not sure I want them to be. The Buff jumped on my back while I was bent over working and I could hardly get her off before she scratched me.
  9. ChickensAreSweet
    What a beautiful girl she is!!
  10. ChickensAreSweet
    What a beautiful girl she is!!

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