Andalusian

Average User Rating:
3.85417/5,
  • 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. CrowHollowFarm
    4/5,
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    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
    5/5,
    "Such a precocious mama's girl!"
    Pros - Very thrifty
    Extremely friendly and often prefers to be inside with me rather than with the flock
    Inquisitive
    neither aggressive nor a doormat
    Bold
    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:
    6.00
    Purchase Date:
    07012017

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  3. 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

User Comments

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  1. 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.
  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
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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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  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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