Cubalaya Standard Chicken
The Cubalaya Chicken is a beautiful multipurpose chicken first developed in Cuba prior to its US introduction in 1939. The pea-combed breed combines the traits of the Oriental game fowl brought to Cuba from the Philippines with the more ornately feathered game fowl of Europe creating an elegant-looking chicken. The primary breed characteristic is the unique lobster tail. This attribute features a downward-angling tail with lavish feathering making these birds difficult to confuse with any other breed of chicken. Cubalayas come in many different colors. The most commonly seen are black-breasted red cocks with wheaten hens (wheaten Cubalaya Standard Chicken’s are a darker “cinnamon” shade of wheaten which usually lightens with age) and both cocks and hens solid black. There have been a few whites, and the most favored traditional color in Cuba seems to have been the blue-red wheaten, which they refer to as “ashen” (cenizo). A distinctive trait of the Cubalaya is a lack of spurs, which was favored during the breed’s development. This lack of spurs prevents young males from injuring one another during struggles for dominance.
Characteristics: Cubalaya Chickens are known as producers of quality meat and can often be very reliable layers of tinted eggs. They are medium-sized birds with cocks weighing six pounds and hens weighing four pounds at maturity. This breed is slow to mature taking up to three years to reach adulthood, although they are capable of reproducing beginning at six – seven months of age. Adult roosters grow to 6 pounds at maturity and hens will reach 4 pounds. These birds do well when raised on grass and actively enjoy foraging for insects.The trait most favored in this breed is their tameness. Many of the chicks are friendly from the day they’re hatched and will eat out of the owner’s hand even with no previous handling. These birds have a generally brave disposition and, as chicks, may not fear predators unless caution is learned from their parents or other experienced birds.
- Standard Weights: Cock-6 pounds; hen-4 pounds; cockerel-4-1/2 pounds; pullet-3 pounds.
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: A general purpose meat and egg producing variety.
- Origin: Cuba
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.