Depending on which sources you read, the Andalusian was widely spread through Devon and Cornwall. Other sources state that Devon and Cornwall had their own version of blue hens.
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.
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.
The Blue Andalusian is not a cuddly bird and doesn’t like to be held or picked up. 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. While the Andalusian chicken as known as Blue Andalusian has never been one of the most popular chicken breeds in the world, it is one of those rare breeds that has managed to last a good while.
Blue Andalusian The current blue Andalusian chicken can be traced back to the middle of the 1800s, but it is likely that this breed was around for a long time before that. (2.3 kg) Male Bantam: 28 oz (795 g) FemaleStandard: 5.5 lb.
(2.5 kg) Female Bantam: 24 oz (680 g) Country of origin Spain As the name suggests, this is a chicken that originated in the Andalusia region of Spain. One interesting theory, based on some history papers, says that a very similar chicken is described in ancient Rome.
This is information that we are unlikely to ever know, mostly because it is likely that the bulk of breeds that went into the Andalusian died out a long time ago. The part of history that we are most concerned with is how they got from Andalusia to the rest of the world.
Interestingly, British breeders tried to go in a different direction to the one that was imported. The Andalusian Chicken weighs somewhere between 5 and 7lbs, dependent on whether you have a rooster or a hen.
While it is a rather small bird in the grand scheme of things, this is one of those rare breeds that likes to stand tall and proud. The blue Andalusian chicken is the only recognized variety of this fowl.
This means that white, black, and fully blue birds are available. Obviously, there are people who will slaughter the blue Andalusian fowl for meat purposes, but this is going to be exceedingly rare outside of Andalusia.
That being said, some people have claimed that the blue Andalusian offers some of the best meat that they have ever tasted on a bird, so if this is your sort of thing, you may want to try it at least once! However, no matter what, you shouldn’t expect your Andalusian Chicken to lay more than 160 eggs per year.
However, you cannot rely on the Andalusian Chicken to provide consistent egg laying. One of the main reasons as to why people pick up the Andalusian Chicken is that they are fantastic to watch.
The only main issue you will have with the Andalusian Chicken will be during the colder months of the year. However, the problem is that this chicken comb type is going to be on the larger side of things.
So, this is one of those breeds of chicken that we wouldn’t raise if you live in an area that gets a lot of snowfall. Remember; this is a breed that originated from one of the hottest regions in the world, after all.
Origin : Blue Andalusian chickens are credited with being natives of Andalusia, a province in Spain. In Cornwall and Devon, England, similar blue fowls were produced by crossing black and white sports.
The chicks feather and mature quickly; cockerels will often begin crowing at seven weeks of age. The body type, coarser than a Leghorn, is easy to produce and maintain.
Coloring: Comb, Face & Wattles: Bright red Beak: Horn Eyes: Reddish bay Earlobes: Enamel white Shanks and Toes: Dark slate blue Plumage: Shades of slate blue Skin: White Male Comb : Single; of medium size, smooth, straight and upright, firm and even on head; evenly and deeply serrated, having five well-defined points, the middle point slightly longer and proportionately broader than the other four; blade following slightly the curve of the neck.
Breed Purpose Egg Layer Comb Single Broodiness Seldom Climate Tolerance All Climates Egg Productivity Medium Egg Size Medium Egg Color White Breed Temperament Flighty, Noisy, Hardy Breed Colors/Varieties Blue / Black / Splash Breed Size Large Fowl APA/ABA Class Mediterranean 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 municipality of Terra is considered the heartland of the breed. 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 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.
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.
In my opinion, colored Sulkies are among the most beautiful birds in the poultry world. They come in a collection of colors: Black, Blue, Buff, Partridge, Red, White, and shades of all the above.
Bearded Sulkies have an extra muff of feathers under the beak area that covers the earlobes. Colors of Silkier recognized for competitive showing include black, blue, buff, gray, partridge, and white.
Alternative hues, such as cuckoo, lavender, red, and splash also exist. The standards of perfection call for all Sulkies to have a small walnut-shaped comb, dark wattles, and turquoise-blue earlobes.
In addition to these defining characteristics, Sulkies have five toes on each foot. The naked neck is acquired by breeding a Turkey to a silkier.
Roosters get a bit of gold or silver in their hackles at about 1.5 years of age as they are rarely on extended black. This is a great gene because (when bred correctly) you can hatch blue, black, or splash babies.
The common fault of partridge sulkies having a black crest can be attributed to the CIA (Charcoal) gene. In America the partridge color is based on gold, with the addition of MH.
The cuckoo is not a recognized variety and there are a few serious breeders working to improve them overall. A male with one copy is represented as (B, b+) where lower case b+ indicates a lack of the barring gene.
The underscore indicates her short chromosome lacks the location of that gene. I get numerous requests from people looking for pullets, however, the key to breeding all cuckoos is the male.
There are only 7 recognized colors of Sulkies; buff, blue, black, splash, partridge, Gray, and of course white. If you are a masochist, raise buffs as there is a lot of culling involved.
If you are a die hard for punishment, raise partridge as this is one of the hardest patterns and colors to get right. Grey's are a patterned bird; blues are essentially solid colored.