DescriptionA medium sized white and brownish chicken, the Andalusian is often compared to a typical small white breast of modern chicken. It has a short tail and large dark eyes. The head is round with alert, diamond shaped eyes. The name originates from the Andalusian tartar which often infected chickens at this time of their lives.
DescriptionThere is some confusion as to whether the Andalusian is actually a distinct breed or simply a variety of chicken. It is generally referred to as Andalusian because of its blue and ivory-colored skin and because it is thought to have been originally bred in southern Spain. Wikipedia states that the Andalusian is ” descendant of the Mediterranean periapodys, a small breed characterized by an overall compact body shape, a low-set neck, large breast, and dark-colored legs. The hybrid Andalusian is smaller with a high breast and a more even chest.
CharacteristicsThe Andalusian is a medium sized, stocky bird with a moderately curved back and rounded wings. Its head is full, pendulous, and almond shaped. Its crest has two pointed, fleshy feathers projecting forward from the forehead. It has slightly droopy, drooping breasts and has moderately developed legs. It has a short tail.
DietThe Andalusian is primarily an ornamental breed, although it is not uncommon to see it foraging in grasslands and dung piles. It loves tropical green grasses and will nest in tree trunks, compost heaps, and arid areas. It is not an adept predator but does well in the confinement of an enclosed coop. It is also able to forage along roads and railways.
BreedingAndalusian chickens are relatively easy to raise. They can be successfully kept in a small backyard aviary with access to fresh water and food. They are tolerant of other animals and birds and can cope well with most chicken breeds. Their eggs are round, firm and yellow in color.
They are a fairly good choice for first time chicken owners as they do not require a large area of fenced space. They can easily adapt to their new home and breed well in an area that has plenty of space and warmth. They make good pets and are easy to take care of.
There is plenty of information on Andalusian chickens on the Internet. Chicken breeders have good information and can provide excellent tips for starting up your poultry flock. Chicken and egg sources can be found in the wild or in chicken coops. You may also find it easier to raise them in an outdoor pen.
If you are not sure how to raise chickens you should take some chicken handling and care classes. It would also help if you could get some hands on experience. Andalusian chickens are not difficult to take care of if you follow a few simple rules. The reward for all this hard work will be great tasting eggs every morning.
The first thing to remember is that they like to scratch so make sure there are some trees, branches and areas to keep them off. Chicken like to keep themselves busy so try and plan their daily activities around activity. Chicken like to build nests especially when they are young. Provide extra nesting boxes when they are mature to give them a place to build their nest and raise their young.
The most important part of raising Andalusian chicken is providing them with the proper chicken feed. Feeds must be high in protein, in order to give them energy to increase and maintain movement. They will also need to be supplementing their diet with vitamins A, D, E and K. Andalusian chickens also enjoy worms and brine shrimp which can be purchased at your local pet store. When purchasing chicken feed, it is important that the feeds contain enough calcium and phosphorous. The chicken will also enjoy organic oats, wheat and corn. It is recommended that feeding be available in poultry grade and AA.
Once your Andalusian chicken flock has grown to about ten hens, you may consider introducing some predators into the area such as coyotes, hawks, and even badgers. These predators have a natural instinct to prey on chickens and will quickly grab any hens they can find. However, chickens will usually fight back and injure these predators. In this instance it would be beneficial to kill the chicken to remove the threat rather than attempting to catch or relocate the remaining birds.
If you have raised your chickens successfully, you will discover that they are extremely intelligent and affectionate. They will easily follow your lead and become good friends to your family. They make wonderful pets and are fun to take outside for picnics. Talk to your local pet store or visit your local farmer’s market to learn more about raising and buying chickens.