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Poultry Breeds - Andalusian Chickens

Poultry Breeds - Andalusian Chickens

Andalusian

    andal.jpgStandard Weights: Cock-7 pounds; hen-5-1/2 pounds; cockerel 6 pounds; pullet-4-1/2 pounds.

    Skin Color: White.

    Egg Shell Color: White.

    Use: An ornamental fowl with fairly good egg production potential.

    Origin: Developed initially in Spain, the breed has undergone considerable development in England and the United States.

    Characteristics: Andalusians are small, active, closely feathered birds that tend to be noisy and rarely go broody. Andalusians are a typical example of the unstable blue color we see in the poultry industry. It is the result of a cross of black and white. When two blues are mated, they produce offspring in the ratio of one black, two blues and one white. These whites and blacks when mated together will produce mainly blues. Andalusians are beautiful when good, but the percentage of really good ones runs low in many flocks because of this color segregation. Hence, they are not widely bred and never in large numbers.

    Reference:
      Chicken Breeds and Varieties (A2880), John L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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