Other common names: Gallina menorquina
The Minorca standard chicken is an old breed which originated in Spain where it was favored for its egg production. Today, they are most commonly used as show birds, and are less popular then they where in the past. There is also a Minorca Bantam that was developed in Germany and the U.K in the early 1900’s.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Rose or Single Comb): Black, Blue, Buff, White
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Bantam: 25 - 30 oz
Largefowl: 7.5 - 9 lbs
Personality: Active and generally uninterested in humans.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very good (4/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
Single combed Minorca chickens are prone to frostbite. If you live in a colder region, then it is best to purchase Rose combed Minorcas.
large white eggs, terrific layers
Minorcas combine the best qualities of leghorns without the hassle
Minorcas (I have blacks) are the largest of the Mediterranean breeds, and they're terrific layers of very large white eggs. The guys are a bit shrill, so they don't work if you have uptight neighbors. The gals are sweet, unnervy, unlike almost all other Meds (even more gentle are Catalanas, more about them later). The roosters are never aggressive, and they're gorgeous. I've had the large show variety. I've seen other minorcas from hatcheries, and they don't look like mine. I suggest searching out SQ Minorcas--it's worth it. The only big problem I've had with them is that the roosters' combs are so large that they're subject to frostbite. You need an insulated house for them; it gets down to about 10 degrees where we are, and when it gets really cold, I keep the boys inside. The girls are OK. They're smart and sassy--and they're the very first birds that get noticed at my place, because they're so sleek, so fancy.
From Mendocino Oct 27 2009 8:30PM