Other common names: Blue Andalusian Chicken
The Andalusian Chicken was developed in the Andalucia region of Spain. Andalusians are classified as a "Mediterranean" breed, and are closely feathered, active, and good layers of white eggs.
According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, "An ancient and rugged breed of fowl, the Andalusian chicken’s history is not known; though it is likely rooted in the Castilian chicken breed. Andalusian chickens were first imported into England by Mr. Leonard Barber in 1846-47. These birds came from Andalusia, about 25 miles from Cadiz, from a Mr. Xeres de la Frontera. In 1851, Mr. Coles of Farnham and Mr. John Taylor of Shepherd’s Bush also imported more. Andalusian chickens were widely distributed around Cornwall and Devon. The breed was first exhibited at the Baker Street Show, in London, in January of 1853. Somewhere between 1850 and 1855 Andalusian chickens arrived in America. "
Types: Bantam and Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Blue
Uses: Eggs and Preservation
Bantam: 24 - 28 oz
Largefowl: 5.5 - 7 lb
Personality: Andalusians are active and wild natured birds.
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
Blue does not breed true. Here are the average results when breeding blue fowl
Blue X Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black, 25% Splash (Sport White)
Blue X Splash = 50% Blue, 50% Splash
Blue X Black = 50% Black, 50% Blue
Splash X Splash = 100% Splash
Splash X Black = 100% Blue
Blue X Black = 100% Black
warmer climes, white egg layer, energetic chicken, stunning birds, beautiful speckling
lookbutdon'ttouch, frost bite, rooster, squawks, particularly savage attack
BANTAM Andalusians, slender blue legs
Always provide access to fresh water
Chickens are messy. Their water gets dirty quick. This can be a problem because chickens will usually only drink clean drinking water, like the majority of us. They need water in order to lay eggs so I would change their water around twice a day. Once in the morning then in the evening. Its a simple task and will keep the chickens happy, healthy, and laying plenty of eggs!.
From AmberForsythe17 551 days ago
Terror In the Barnyard
Every once in a while, as you raise flocks of chickens, you will come across a rooster so aggressive he is a terror in the barnyard. If this is a breed characteristic, I do not know, but we bought some Blue Andalusians because they looked beautiful and when they grew up, they were beautiful. The hens were slender and pretty and I had no complaints about their behavior or attitude but the rooster, Merle, was another story all together. He was and remains, by far, the most handsome of all the chickens we have ever owned but he was also the worst tempered. He would stalk small children and grown ups alike in the yard and catch them with much flapping and spurring and pecking any chance he got. Our kids started getting paranoid and carrying sticks in the yard for self defense and woe to the kid who let his guard down too long while playing in the sandbox! After one particularly savage attack on our youngest child, we were forced to humanely bid farewell to Merle. There are few birds prettier than these in my opinion, but we will not have these again when there are so many more docile birds to enjoy..
From goatherdgirl Nov 19 2014 9:52AM