Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Egg Layer
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Breed Temperament:
    Flighty,Bears confinement well,Noisy
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Blue / Black / Splash
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    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:
    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. CrowHollowFarm
    Pros - Hens were very tame and docile
    Cons - A lot of roosters are people aggressive.
    My hens were tame to the point of annoying, they would fly up and eat off my feed bucket while I was carrying it. The hens starting laying early and layed a nice sized eggs. The rooster was a different story. He was so worried about going after the kids that he would chase them all the way into the house. I came out one day to my daughter trapped in the building by him. If you can find a good rooster they are a great breed to have or if you just want some good hens.
    Purchase Price:
    $3 each
  2. Leihamarie
    "Such a precocious mama's girl!"
    Pros - Very thrifty
    Extremely friendly and often prefers to be inside with me rather than with the flock
    neither aggressive nor a doormat
    Very social
    Cons - Definitely likes to be "Up" and will need regular wing clipping
    My adorable Andalusian (Lucille or LuLu) was a late addition to my brooder. I stopped into a feed store and they had just gotten a batch of Blue Andalusians from Privett. One of the hatchlings marched right up to my hand and snuggled into it, crying until I enclosed her in my hand... then fell promptly to sleep. Of course she came home with me!

    I have heard mixed reviews on Andalusians, so I didn't know what to expect. Throughout her chick-hood she was my little buddy and needed to be on my shoulder or in my hand at all times. She's 18 weeks old now and while she enjoys her flockmates, many afternoons are spent with her following me around inside the house or napping on my outstretched legs.

    She isn't "show quality" which doesn't matter in the slightest to me. She IS one of my favorite girls (shhh... don't tell the others!) however, and I can't imagine my flock without her.

    I'll update my review once she hits POL.
    Purchase Price:
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  3. navajas
    "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.

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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 at 3:16 AM
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  5. 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.
  6. 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!!!
    Should I get A Blue Andulusion
  8. AlilSassy
    I like mine so far, but you know how they can change after "puberty" sets in
  9. The Konnerator
    nice reveiw i might get one of theses
  10. jtn42248
    Completely agree with your review. I have 5 and will never have any again. They tend to be agressive and very nervous birds.

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