Breed Spotlight: Blue Andalusian
The Blue Andalusian chicken breed is a hardy and active breed that originated in the Andalusia region of southern Spain. They are wonderful foragers, not prone to broodiness, and are reliable layers of white eggs, so they are a favorite for free-range flocks.
These hardy chickens were likely standard throughout other areas in Spain and Andalusia itself. Still, since Spanish traders exported the breed through the port of Cadiz (located in Andalusia), they became known as Andalusian chickens. These gorgeous chickens arrived in England in the early 1850s and appeared in America shortly after. The American Poultry Association first accepted the Andalusian breed in 1874, and currently, both large fowl and bantam sizes with blue coloring are recognized.
The Standard of Perfection dictates the coloring of the Blue Andalusian as each feather should be a clear bluish slate, distinctly laced with a dark blue or black, white earlobes, clean legs, and a single comb. Mature hens tend to have a larger comb that flops to one side, while the male Andalusians have an erect comb. Andalusians closely resemble the compact, upright body type of Leghorns but are slightly larger, with the males averaging 7 pounds and females rounding out around 5.5 pounds. The personality of Blue Andalusians is typically described as flighty, active, and curious. They are especially well-suited to warmer climates and are happiest in free-range environments.
Genetics of Blue Andalusians are unique as the blue coloring does not breed true, meaning the chicks hatched from blue parents result in approximately 25% black, 25% splash, and 50% blue chicks. When ordering from Meyer Hatchery, you will receive the hatchery’s choice of coloring, any of which are sure to add a unique flair to your flock. You can expect 4-6 white or slightly tinted eggs weekly from Andalusians, and they are noted as being reliable layers in all types of weather.
The understated Blue Andalusian would make an excellent addition to your flock and is sure to charm with its egg-laying abilities and vibrant personality!
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