Cubalaya Chicken

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The basics:
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
Uses: Ornamental
Bantam: 22 - 26 oz
Largefowl: 4 - 6 lbs
Personality: Cubalaya chickens have a friendly, curious disposition and excellent foragers.
Broody: Yes
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

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