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.







Recent User Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. MattnCJ
    "Good with others but flighty"
    Pros - Good Layer, Friendly with others in flock, Beautiful Bird
    Cons - Flighty and skiddish of everything




    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.
  3. AlilSassy
    "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)

User Comments

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  1. Kino
    I love your Andalusians!
    We ordered a batch of chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery. The specialty breed was an Andalusian. Unfortunately, 23 of 28 of them died during shipping, and that involved the poor little Andy...
  2. chickengeorgeto
    Could it be that your flighty birds are too big of a hand full for the preds in your area to make a mouth full out of them?
  3. Alexandra33
    I simply cannot get over how stunning Dixie is!
  4. Purpletie3
    so cute. She reminds me of "Blue" my blue isbar hen!
  5. GitaBooks
    I have a black Andalusian named Andi. She is still only a few weeks old, but she is friendlier than the brahma chicks she is raised with! She hops up on the side of the brooder to greet me and perches on my leg. She is in a mixed flock, and I hope she turns out really friendly.
  6. MrsBachbach
    I have one and you are absolutely right! They don't cackle after laying an egg! I can't believe after four years of owning her I have never noticed that! Thanks for pointing that out. I guess all that talking she does all day long leaves nothing for after the egg laying. :)
    She also has never gone broody. Really sweet girl.
  7. MrsBachbach
    I have one girl. Disagree with the mean description. She doesn't pick on any of my Ameraucana, but she does hold her own against any aggression. She has also taken on the rooster role when I remove roosters from the main flock. So, I find them to be great lookouts for predators.
    She is also very talky. Always saying something all the time it seems. I don't find her to be too flighty. While not wanting to be caught, once she is, she is calm enough.
    She has been a great layer of large white eggs. In her fourth year and it is the first time I have noticed just a bit of a slow down. But. she is a sweet girl and has earned her keep.
    I will agree with the free range description. She does not do well confined. To the point of not eating or drinking. They do need a very large yard or just let out everyday. She hates confinement.
  8. bruceha2000
    Perhaps it is best to not post a review of a breed until you have had them for at least a year.
  9. dandar
    They are a very pretty breed with great markings...I may try these. We don't get many different breeds in our Tractor Supply...usually the cornish leghorns and RIR are about all we of course I would have to order these I am sure..Have to do some checking..I am interested in the temperment and what kind of luck u have with them....
    In the past I have gotten chicks and ducks from Tractor Supply and I have never had any trouble as far as sickness etc go..
  10. TheDarkLord098
    Could you please provide full info about this breed?

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