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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. 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.
  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.
  3. 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!!!
  4. MILOCHICKEN
    Should I get A Blue Andulusion
  5. AlilSassy
    I like mine so far, but you know how they can change after "puberty" sets in
  6. The Konnerator
    nice reveiw i might get one of theses
  7. jtn42248
    Completely agree with your review. I have 5 and will never have any again. They tend to be agressive and very nervous birds.
  8. WyandotteLove1
    I agree with this post very much. Thank you very much jolenejellybean!
  9. mdshec
    I do agree with the aggressive behavior. I watched mine come into the coop and pull my Australorp out of nesting box so she could get into it. Everytime the Astralorp came back she came out and tried to rip her head off. She isn't that way towards the other hens, but does peck at them.
  10. N F C
    Thanks for your review and pictures. I hope to be able to add a couple of these to my mixed flock some day.

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