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Andalusian Chickens

February 1st, 2011 at 13:50

Andalusian Chickens, A Soft Feathered Spanish Chicken

Andalusian Chickens Background & Appearance.

andalusian chicken pictureThis soft feathered bird originated in Andalucia, Spain and developed from black & white stock in the mid 19th century. They are classified as Mediterranean birds and are similar to other fowl in this range, having close soft feathers.

Fifty years ago the breed had become a rarity, but it seems to have regained it’s popularity and is now shown in many countries around the world.

Andalusians have quite distinct markings, each blue feather is surrounded by black lace markings apart from the neck feathers which are black.

The comb is single and in the hens usually flops to one side, whereas the cocks is erect. Typically they have a long body and the tail juts out at 45 degrees.

Andalusian Chickens Egg Laying…

andalusian chicken pictureThe Andalusian lays a white egg and starts laying at a very early age. You can expect around 160 eggs per year, when the hens at her prime.

The hen is generally a non-sitter but does lay in the darker months, if you’re looking to breed from your birds either incubate or get an egg sitter like a cochin hen who will happily raise the chicks.

Caring For Your Andalusian Chickens.

It may be a very attractive bird, but I wouldn’t recommend it for the beginner chicken keeper as it tends to be an extremely flighty bird, not unlike most Mediterranean breeds. These birds also prefer free range and foraging rather than being confined.

They are usually kept by breeders who want to continue the strain, but they are a difficult bird to breed. Even if you mate 2 pedigree blue birds, the odds are 50% of the offspring will demonstrate black or white splashes which will prevent them being shown.

All In All, Andalusian Chickens Are Not For The Novice, But When You’ve Got Experience Of Chicken Keeping Andalusians Are A Very Attractive Bird To Keep…

Here’s a short clip of an Andalusian cock crowing…

 

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