In the middle 19th century, Spaniards brought several varieties of Asiatic game fowl with them from the Philippines to Cuba. The Cubans crossed the Asiatic breeds, and subsequently re-crossed them with birds of European origin. These birds were then selectively bred for wide, extended tails and a curving beak, fierce eyes, and a courageous expression.
In 1935, the Asociacion Nacional de Avicultura (Cuban National Poultry Association) approved the Cubalaya breed. First shown in the U.S. at the International Poultry Exhibition in 1939, the Cubalaya breed is currently recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA) and the American Bantam Association (ABA).
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Pea Comb): Black, Black Breasted Red, Blue Breased Red, Blue Wheaten, Cinnamon, Gold Duckwing, Blue Gold Duckwing, Red Pyle, Spangled, Wheaten, White
Bantam: 22 - 26 oz
Largefowl: 4 - 6 lbs
Personality: Cubalaya chickens have a friendly, curious disposition and excellent foragers.
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Tinted
Egg size: Medium
calm, hardy foragers, free range, lustrous tail feathers, excellent foraging skill
males, small children, rival roosters, novice cock owners
good upright stance, Bantam Cubulaya, tasty eggs, pretty roosters, Golden Duckwing Cubalaya
Cubalaya chickens are a neat addition but watch out for the roosters
When I was back home in the south we raised multiple different types of chickens. Although we primarily had a lot of Rhodies, we once got in a small brood of Cubalaya because they were supposedly fairly rare and hardy foragers. If you want a chicken that is really tolerant of hot southern summers and humid peaks then the Cubalaya is excellent. These birds would forage no matter what the temperature was and seemed to thrive in it.
If you are considering getting the roosters as well, just be aware that they are more aggressive than normal. Out of all the roosters we had, the Cubalaya were scrappers. I myself was attacked by them on multiple occasions. These guys carry themselves like strutting and tatted up prison leaders and if you upset them too much you WILL get flogged. Also they will attack rival roosters at whim.
We didn't keep them for but a a few years because of the difficulty they caused. Also, the hens laid small eggs that weren't conducive to our family size as well.
If you're looking for pretty roosters like the Golden Duckwing Cubalaya, like in the picture I provided, or enjoy an ornamental type brood, these may just be a good choice for you. Yet if you're searching for egg-layers and chickens that get along well with others, it may be best to look for another breed..
From Elijah Aug 13 2014 2:48PM