Ancona Chicken

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Willem Hoekstra

The basics:
The Ancona chicken was developed in Ancona, Italy from the Leghorn breed. It was exported to England and the United States in the 1880’s, and was at one point the most common egg producing breed in Europe.

Types: Bantam and Largefowl
Varieties (Single and Rose Comb): Mottled
Uses: Eggs
Bantam: 1.25 - 1.5 lbs
Largefowl: 4.5 - 6 lb
Personality: Shy and afraid of sudden noise and movement.
Broody: No
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Very good (4/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Extra Large

What else you should know:
During harsh winters the single combed Ancona can develop chapped, or frostbitten combs. If you live in an area where this may be a concern, consider the Rosecomb Ancona. The Rosecomb Ancona has a smaller comb, and is less likely to suffer from frostbite.


tolerant, supermarket white eggs, excellent layer, deep red combs


flighty, tall fence


Italy, large floppy comb, black, record holding layer

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