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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - Quiet
Reliable egg layer
Cons - Flighty
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.
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.
Pros - beautiful colors, friendly
Cons - rarely laying
nice chicken but rarely lays
Pros - Curious and friendly, even tempered. Lays every other day at a year old. Does well in my covered run with high roosts.
Cons - Doesn't want picked up or reached for, will sidle away. Had frostbite on comb worse than all the others this winter.
Matilda was a jumper from the first minute out of the box. She likes to be up high. She still flies to my shoulder to say hello some days. She wants to come to me not the other way around. She avoids being picked up and doesn't like being reached for. She uses the nesting box and lays about every other day at a year old. I am very very pleased with her. She is happy in my smallish covered run but I do have a small flock and many high roosts which she prefers. She doesn't cause trouble with the other girls and stands somewhere in the middle of the pecking order.
Pros - Beautiful, Good Egg Layers, Show Stoppers
Cons - Hard to find quality stock, big and flighty, bad in cold weather
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.
Pros - Very thrifty
Extremely friendly and often prefers to be inside with me rather than with the flock
neither aggressive nor a doormat
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.
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.
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.
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)