Andalusian Chicken, Blue Andalusians Chicken
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Alexandra Cottage, 8 St Thomas’s Road, Great Glen, Leicestershire,
Owned and raised by Barbara Tuss in Oregon
TheAndalusian Chickenis named after the Province of Andalusia in Spain and is one of the oldest Mediterranean breeds. They were developed from white and black birds imported in around 1846 also shown at the Great Exhibition in 1851. Blue Andalusian Chickens are credited with being natives of Andalusia, a province in Spain. They originated from crossing a black fowl with one of its white sports, these two colors producing a bluish-slate fowl. In Cornwall and Devon, England, similar blue fowls were produced by crossing black and white sports. This was before Andalusian Chickens were imported into England. They resembled the earlier Andalusian Chicken in type and color. The incidence of Black birds was increased with crossings with the Black Spanish and Minorca which substantially altererd their shape from that of the early birds The modern Andalusian Chicken should be symmetrical, graceful, compact, medium in size, and stately in carriage. The dull and uneven blue colored fowl of the past has been transformed into the attractive, laced breed of today by years of scientific breeding. This was the breed that the early geneticist Gregor Mendel used in his experiments into colour heredity. Show birds are blue with lacing, black and splash colours are also produced but are not permitted to be shown although the splash females are worth using within a breeding programme.
The largest ever show numbers were at the Crystal palace Show in 1888 where they put up 58 males and 55 females of various ages.
They typically carry a long body and tail at an angle of 45 degrees with each feather lightly laced with black edging.
An active forager; good backyard layer plus superb show bird, quieter than many Mediterranean’s (i.e. mad and scatty) my males do not fight and are very calm. Non sitter; but good winter / spring layer. Available large and miniature.
The females of this breed will often lay at almost impossibly early ages. Very fast runner . . . invest in a landing net!
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