The Ancona Chicken is one of the oldest breeds of chicken available, and through out its dominance it has always been a popular breed of chicken. The Ancona was imported into England from Italy back in the late 1800’s.
In Italy, the Ancona Chicken are a very popular and common breed of chicken, and can be found all over the country; this is because there are many good traits to the Ancona Chicken. They have been introduced to the United States of America a good century ago; however, they are not a very popular breed in the United States of America, and are a rare line to find.
The Ancona Chicken is well known for its moderate temperament, and its great reproducing abilities for offspring. They are well-known for their great egg laying abilities, and because of this their population has flourished and grown. They are avid breeders and multiple in large numbers; they are also great at adapting to their environment, and can easily live in different temperatures. They are also great scavengers, and can forage and find food with their good instincts, and abilities. Because of their good adaptation skills, and the fact that they can easily lay eggs, they are most commonly used for egg laying.
The Ancona Chicken also got their name from an interesting source. The Ancona Chicken is named after the city “Ancona” where they were originally shipped from to England. Another name that they have is the “mottled leghorns” or “back leghorns” because they resemble that breed and line of chicken although they have already been officially named as the Ancona.
The Ancona Standard Chicken has a beautiful back plumage with white tips. They have beautiful decorated pattern on them which lends to their mottled appearance; probably, another reason why they are called the “mottled leghorns” or the “black leghorns”. They are relatively smaller than the average domesticated birds although they are grouped as a large breed chicken in the Mediterranean. Pullets should be four pounds, cockerels should be five pounds, and hens are four and a half pounds.
The Ancona Chicken is an interesting breed of chicken, and while they may not be popular in the United States of America, they are a popular breed overseas at England and Italy. Most of the time, the Ancona chicken is bred for their meat; instead, they are bred because of their egg laying properties. They also make wonderful pets, and many pet breeders keep Ancona chickens because of their good adaptation properties.
The Ancona Chickens are a very unique breed, and they can be found with distinguishing features such as red, brown and white, as well as occasionally a copper based color appearing in the neck hackles area, although as mentioned, this isn’t the case with all Acona’s. The Cockerels can be slow and difficult to fatten up, so can be a pain to breed at times.
The Ancona Chickens possesses unique characteristics and are:
- Large or miniature
- Very good Foragers
- Light body weight which makes excellent laying average and a good food conversion
- A non sitting fowl
Ancona Chickens tend to be used in general as laying Chickens rather than breeding for show use due to their excellent quality of produce. Be sure to check for an upright tail for identify a prime consistent breeding Ancona. A good laying Ancona can lay anything from around 120-180 white/cream eggs per year, so they can provide an excellent quantity if bred in the right conditions.
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.