Ancona ChickensJanuary 31st, 2011 at 16:36
Ancona Chickens A great Egg Layer.
Ancona Chickens Background & Appearance
These chickens are an ideal beginners bird. They originate from a port in Italy called (you guessed it!) Ancona. They were shipped to the UK in the mid 19th century and a few years later it was exported to other countries including the USA.
They were first thought to be a member of the Leghorn family, particularly from the Mottled Leghorn, but this is now known to be untrue.
Ancona Chickens are a light, soft feathered bird. This fowls plumage is generally black with a white V shaped tip to its edge. The black colouring has a ‘beetle green’ sheen irridescence which is most attractive.
The comb is single or rose and the wattles are large and pendulous. This chicken breed is available in large and miniature sizes.
Ancona Chickens Egg Laying…
The Ancona is a true white egg laying machine, results show that for every 100lb of food the Ancona lays 300 eggs, which beat off all the other entrants easily. Also the Anconas eggs were heavier than all the other breeds.
So if you’re after a prolific egg layer. the Ancona is a great choice for you even if you’re just starting out keeping pet chickens.
The birds don’t go broody and therefore are classed as non-sitters, so if you want to breed have a natural sitter like a Silkie Chicken to raise the young chicks.
Caring For Your Ancona Chickens.
Anconas can be a little flighty, but soon settle down. They do respond well to being kept in a run and will quickly become prolific layers. If left to free range they will discover half of the food they require. They’re a quick growing breed and don’t require any specialist treatment. Hardy and a great bird that avoids some predators.
Ancona Chickens Are An Ideal Beginners Bird And Will Reward You With An abundance Of Eggs…
Watch the video to see some Ancona Chicken entrants at a poultry show in the UK
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