It is distributed through much of the countryside of Córdoba and Seville, and is concentrated particularly in the area of Terra, which is considered the heartland of the breed. A very different type of Andalusian, more intensely blue and with blue-laced plumage, was created in England from birds imported from Andalusia through selective breeding and cross-breeding with birds of other breeds.
Blue chickens from Andalusia were imported to England no later than 1851. The creation of the “international” type of Andalusian, with blue-laced plumage, is attributed to the English, whether in Andalusia or in Britain.
Two breeders in particular are thought to have started this process, which took many years: one named Cole's, from Fare ham, Hampshire, and a certain John Taylor of Shepherd's Bush, in west London. Andalusian's were shown at Baker Street, London, in January 1853; they were not included in the original Standard of Excellence in 1865.
The slate-blue plumage of the Andalusian is caused by a dilution gene, which, in combination with the E gene for black plumage, produces partial dilution of the melanin which gives the black color. Blue birds occur, in Mendelian proportion, twice as often as each of the other colors.
The earlobes of the Andalusian are smooth, white, and almond-shaped; the crest is single and of medium size, with five well-defined points. British poultry standards: complete specifications and judging points of all standardized breeds and varieties of poultry as compiled by the specialist breed clubs and recognized by the Poultry Club of Great Britain.
^ a b c d e f g Miguel Fernández Rodríguez, Mariano Gómez Fernández, Juan Vicente Delgado Termed, Silvia Adan Belmont, Miguel Jiménez Cabral (eds.) ^ APA Recognized Breeds and Varieties: As of January 1, 2012.
^ List DES race set varieties homologize days LES pays EE (28.04.2013). Entente European d’Agriculture ET DE Agriculture.
La Gaza “Andalusia Azul” (in Spanish). ^ K. D. Reynolds, Legged, Augusta, countess of Dartmouth (1822–1900)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 12 March 2017 ^ a b Andalusian Chicken.
The Blue Andalusian aka Andalusia Azul is an ancient breed, originating as a land race in south-west Spain in the region of Andalusia from whence it takes its name. The original birds were a dull gray/blue color and the show Andalusian with the striking blue-laced plumage we know today, was developed primarily in England for the showmen, and were first exhibited in 1853.
They are a tough, hardy and active breed, though quite flighty. They do not take well to close confinement and will often become feather pickers if kept in those conditions.
They are fairly cold tolerant, thought their large combs and wattles, especially in the males, are susceptible to frostbite. It was recognized by the APA in 1874 and is on The Livestock Conservancy's Threatened list.
Quiet Great free-ranger Reliable egg layer Gorgeous Friendly The good and the bad about our Andalusian :The good- She is a great layer of small round eggs (about 6-7 a week).
She is a likable bird in the coop, somewhere in the middle of the pecking order and I have never seen her bully any of the other hens. Very quiet and I hardly notice she's there half the time, but she will come running as soon as I call her.
She also likes to sleep in the rafters of the coop instead of the roosting bars which kinda makes a mess in the water... oh well. Ok. Generally speaking, people either love Mediterranean birds or they hate them.
Mine laid smallish white eggs, and they did not lay as much as my other breeds. This blue feathered chicken comes from the Mediterranean area where it is still found today (although in very small numbers).
It is a bird that enjoys its freedom and is very capable of surviving in adverse conditions. The Andalusian was imported to England in the 1840s by Leonard Barber and was first exhibited at the Baker Street, London show in 1853.
Depending on which sources you read, the Andalusian was widely spread through Devon and Cornwall. I can find no information about the ‘blue hens’, but it’s likely that the Andalusian would do well among the rugged areas of those counties.
This is an elegant and graceful bird with an upright carriage and a confident aura. Legs are clean of feathers and also slate blue in color, there are 4 toes per foot.
The body of this bird is not as robust looking as say a Rhode Island Red or Arlington. It was accepted to the American Poultry Association in 1874 where it is classified as Mediterranean breed.
The unusual thing about the standard is the fact that the only recognized variety is blue. The blue would not exist without the black, splash and white members of the breed due to the genetics, which we will discuss a bit later.
Andalusian hens have little interest in being a mother and rarely sit on their eggs, so you will have to provide your own incubator if you want chicks. The chicks do feather out rapidly and are ready to lay earlier than many other breeds.
It will not thrive in close confinement and usually resorts to feather picking under those circumstances. The roosters have large combs so will be prime candidates for frostbite if you live in colder areas.
If you want a chicken that is in need of help with conservation and you enjoy the challenges of breeding, this could be an ideal bird. When you find a good quality specimen of this chicken it really is stunning to behold.
Needless to say, getting a bird to this level of perfection takes time and energy, but the results are always worth it. Otherwise, this is a low maintenance breed that prefers to keep humans at a distance for much of the time.
They arrived in England around 1846, being distributed around the Devon and Cornwall areas. This breed of chicken was exhibited for the first time in London at the Baker Street Show and then later towards 1855, it was exported to the USA.
Baby chicks become feathered and mature very quickly with the cockerels showing signs of crowning already at 7 weeks old. One of the main distinctions of the Andalusian chicken breed is the blue coloring of the plumage.
All feathers should be a clear bluish-slate color, markedly laced with black or dark blue. Blue Andalusian chickens are produced from crossing black and white birds.
They don’t really like to be handled, but they are social creatures, curious and talkative and adventurous, known to fly over fences. They are noisy, outgoing birds, get bored easily and need plenty of diversions.
Blue Andalusian chickens for sale are seldom broody birds. In the daytime, they love to go out and roam and at nighttime they will come back to the coop, actually preferring to roost in trees nearby, keeping conversation amongst each other.
I thought they were both roosters but when I posted a picture of them for sale, I had 5 different people tell me 1 was a hen and 1 was a rooster. I've heard of hens crowing, but they also look the same with the comb and wattles.
The darker was the too and the lighter with only the tail showing is the “hen”. I thought they were both roosters but when I posted a picture of them for sale, I had 5 different people tell me 1 was a hen and 1 was a rooster.
I've heard of hens crowing, but they also look the same with the comb and wattles. The darker was the too and the lighter with only the tail showing is the “hen”.
Can you post a full body picture of the lighter Andalusian ? It's strange that they're still not showing male saddle feathers...
The one in front is definitely a male and I do see saddle feathers. I can clearly see pointed saddles feathers on the Andalusian in the front of the picture.