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Chicken Breed Focus - Blue Andalusian

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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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.

    Details:

    Breed purpose: Egg layer, Exhibition
    Comb Type: Large Single
    Broodiness: Non-Setter
    Climate Tolerance: Average
    Weight: Roosters 7 lbs, Hens 5.5 lbs.
    Egg Productivity: Very Good
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: White


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    BYC Breed reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/andalusian

    General breed discussions & FAQ thread:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/290822/blue-andalusian-thread/0_20


    Do you own Andalusians? Are you an Andalusian breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
     
  2. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    These are on my "wish list", I hope to see lots of pictures and hear more about them with this focus thread. Thanks Sumi!
     
  3. HenHoneyGirl

    HenHoneyGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm getting these guys this spring!!! I can't wait!
     
  4. maralpz2006

    maralpz2006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the first one i had she died at 5 years,second one died at 8 years and now i have one 6 months old ,ready to lay any day this is the first one[​IMG]
    this is the second one[​IMG]
    this is the one i have now[​IMG]
     
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  5. applebutter14

    applebutter14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just ordered some for 2016.. cant wait!
     
  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Pretty girls, and you had them quite some time too. Were they good layers for you?
     
  7. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had three for a while. They are BEAUTIFUL birds but rather high strung. Not good birds for a small backyard flock, especially, if you confine your birds to a run.
    But if you have open space for them to forage and don't mind a bird who loves to BAGAWK at just about everything, you'll love them.

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  8. applebutter14

    applebutter14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they sound amazing!!!!!!
     
  9. maralpz2006

    maralpz2006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they are excellent layers
     
  10. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Thanks, guess they lived up to their reputation!
     

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