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 agree with the review. I also have one Andalusian hen with 2x offspring from Ameraucana male. The rest of my flock is Ameraucana. The Andalusian and her offspring are the top dogs even though they are younger. They lay very well. One other thing, the Andalusian is a very, very vocal bird. I always hear her and only her when I approach the pen. They love free ranging.
  2. scwheeler24
    Dawna, these are Mediterranean birds and usually pretty jumpy, skiddish and flighty. Look up the Med breeds before adding them. BPR's and Orp are super duper docile. There are some you tube videos on these types, like Leghorns, Minorcas and these. From the 2 you have, I don't know if you would be happy with them. Do a search. Here are Minorcas:
  3. scwheeler24
    She is pretty, but I had to chuckle, why is the floppy comb a con?
  4. barkersbirds
    Our Blue Andalusian is one of the friendliest pullets we have. She hops onto my shoulder every chance she gets. Today when I called my husband's phone he was standing on top of a ladder in the chicken run making a repair and she heard my voice and hopped right up to the top of the ladder to get closer to his phone!
  5. mendocinobirds
    Wow two very lovely ladies!
    My Andalusian is a very calm bird, good layer, noisy. She goes to bed an hour before the other breeds. She can fly but does so very rarely, seems happy around the coopy
  6. silkies mama
    Beautiful bird!!!!!!
  7. ChickensAreSweet
    What a beautiful girl she is!!
  8. Dawna
    How large are these birds? Are they classified as docile or active? I have a BPR and a Buff Orpington that are that friendly. I'm not sure I want them to be. The Buff jumped on my back while I was bent over working and I could hardly get her off before she scratched me.
  9. Mykee
    Most roosters are loud and have their own territory. Very few I have owned have allowed another cock in the area after 6 months of age.
  10. Gomes Bantams
    I have only one. His name is Ol' Blue and he is a very nice rooster. They are a very nice breed for eggs and show.
    1. cchapmanelectric
      I've recently lost my daddies girl and am waiting pateintly for one of her eggs to hatch fo a "mini me' of her to becomre the next daddy gitl. They are precious. Jut like it sounds like of yours.
      cchapmanelectric, Jun 17, 2019

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