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. scwheeler24
    She is pretty, but I had to chuckle, why is the floppy comb a con?
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. silkies mama
    Beautiful bird!!!!!!
  5. ChickensAreSweet
    What a beautiful girl she is!!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Barrdwing
    Our foundation flock included three Andalusians, and the rooster was such a great fellow that he became the "keeper." I was not as pleased with the hens, though: one of them was a feather-puller and a bully, and she taught her bad habits to some of our EE hens. I know that that kind of thing can happen with any breed, but the combination of such a bad habit plus her fiery Spanish temper was really a problem. However, the original roo and his sons were fantastic: they were very intelligent fellows and well-mannered, and they did a great job of keeping their hens safe and maintaining order. Not to mention the fact that the Andies are gorgeous birds. I'd definitely recommend this breed, with the caveat that they are very active and a little high-strung, so you want to avoid a bird that's a bully.

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