Andalusian

Andalusian hen Andalusian cockerel

Key Characteristics

Hens seldom, if ever, go broody. The breed is very difficult to breed as the colour and markings are genetically unstable, not the ideal ‘first bird’.

History

  • Original birds from Andalucía region of Spain
  • Imported to the UK circa 1846-51
  • British Blue Andalusians have changed so much, they are now distinct from Spanish Andalusians
  • Andalusia Club formed circa 1905 but disbanded 1939. Breed is now cared for by Rare Poultry Society.
  • Andalusian bantams were first created in 1880s.

Appearance

  • Andalusians are an elegant, attractive, graceful, light breed.
  • The only plumage colour recognised is a blue-grey ground colour with black lacing and hackles.
  • They have a medium sized single comb and white earlobes.

Uses

Eggs

Andalusian hens lay about 160 large white eggs a year. The breed is known for its ability to often lay eggs during the winter months.

Did you know?

As well as the recognised blue colouring, Andalusians can be black or splash. All birds at shows will be blue as this is the standard. However the blue colouring is an example of incomplete dominance, meaning that when 2 blues birds are bred, only about 50% of chicks will be blue, with about 25% blue and 25% splash chicks.

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