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Chicken Breed Profile

Courtesy Diane McDonald

Andalusian

The rare Andalusian originated in Spain in the mid-1800s. The breed’s only recognized color is blue, but the color doesn’t breed true. Breeding two blue chickens together results in a 50-percent chance of getting a white chicken or a black chicken. Gregor Mendel used this breed to study genetics in the 1800s for this reason. Andalusians are available in standard size and bantam.

Weight: 6 to 7 pounds

Urban Uses: Andalusians are good layers, producing three eggs per week. They are good coop birds.

Egg Size: Large

Second Thoughts: Andalusions are fairly quiet and tolerant of confinement, making them a good backyard chicken.

Breed Association: American Bantam Association, American Poultry Association

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