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    The Andalusian breed of chicken originated in the Andalucia region of Spain in mid-1800. It was imported to the United Kingdom around 1846, first appeared to Germany in 1872, and finally reached American Standard of Perfection in 1874. Often called by its moniker "Blue Andalusia", the breed is considered to be of rare kind with its interesting characteristic of crossing two blues and getting some whites and some blacks.

    The Andalusians are good coop birds since they are fairly quiet and tolerant of confinement. They are classified as Mediterranean chickens -- closely feathered like the rest -- active, and have the ability to lay up to 160 white eggs per year.

    Although blue is the only color pattern recognized by the American Poultry Association, the Andalusian breed also appears in Splash (mottled) and black. As a matter of fact, many of the original birds lack the blue-grey feathering, and it took some time before the Andalusians look as they are today. A standard Andalusian weighs around six to seven pounds, though the breed also comes as bantam.


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