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. 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.
  2. 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.
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  3. bruceha2000
    Perhaps it is best to not post a review of a breed until you have had them for at least a year.
  4. 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 get..so 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..
  5. TheDarkLord098
    Could you please provide full info about this breed?
  6. hellbender
    Do the 'roosters' of this breed lay the eggs too? I guess brevity can be good.
  7. N F C
    Beautiful birds! These are on my "wish list" for sometime down the road. That's a darling picture of your little girl and the 2 birds. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
  8. AmyLM
    I have one and shes a total lap bird. She is an escape artist though. Tough to keep her contained but dmart when shes out. She avoided the pack of.aprox 2 dozen coyotes on our property without any close calls. Smart and sweet. I do recommend them so long as you dont mind a smart strong willed.bird with a tendency to being nice but bold and assertive.
  9. RezChamp
    Too bad about them being aggressive. They're pretty.
    I live in the country with quite literally miles of space and my visitors take theit chance coming to visit at the best of times so a few aggressive chickens wouldn't add too much "people deterrent".
    One day I will get some.
  10. MsPoultry
    There so pretty!

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