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. 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
      Thomas Lamprogiorgos likes this.
    2. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
      Do they eat layer pellets? Maybe they need more protein. And some diatomaceous earth.
      Thomas Lamprogiorgos, Mar 15, 2018
      AbisChicks16 likes this.
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  4. 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!!!
  5. MILOCHICKEN
    Should I get A Blue Andulusion
  6. AlilSassy
    I like mine so far, but you know how they can change after "puberty" sets in
  7. The Konnerator
    nice reveiw i might get one of theses
  8. jtn42248
    Completely agree with your review. I have 5 and will never have any again. They tend to be agressive and very nervous birds.
  9. WyandotteLove1
    I agree with this post very much. Thank you very much jolenejellybean!
  10. 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.

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