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,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. 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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. 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?
  5. Alexandra33
    I simply cannot get over how stunning Dixie is!
  6. Purpletie3
    so cute. She reminds me of "Blue" my blue isbar hen!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. bruceha2000
    Perhaps it is best to not post a review of a breed until you have had them for at least a year.

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