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ANDALUSIAN

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COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN: Ancestral stock from Spain and developed into a standard breed in England.
CATEGORY: Soft feather

EGG COLOUR: White (Non-Sitters)

 

CLASSIFICATION

CODE

KG

BREED CODE

RING SIZES

Light breed

 

 

 

 

LARGE

 

 

200

 

Cock

10

3.5kg

 

D

Hen

12

2.5kg

 

C

Cockerel

14

3.5kg

 

D

Pullet

16

2.5kg

 

C

 

BANTAMS

 

 

542

 

Cock

10

700g

 

C

Hen

12

600g

 

B

Cockerel

14

700g

 

C

Pullet

16

600g

 

B

 

Leonard Barber is believed to be the first importer of this breed from the region of Andalucia, Spain in 1846-1847, but these had an assortment of plumage colours. The standard Blue Andalusian, with its characteristic sharp lacing, was developed in England. The two leading breeders, who started this process in the 1850′s, were John Taylor of Shepard’s Bush, London, and Mr. Coles of Fareham, Hampshire. It took several decades of selective breeding by a succession of fanciers before birds with the perfect colour and lacing depicted by Victorian artists became a reality. Andalusian bantams first appeared in the 1880′s.
In Spain the blue laced Andalusian is called ‘Gallina Andaluza Britanica’ (British Andalusian), and they have standardised the original local form as a separate breed, ‘Gallina Andaluza Espanola’ (Spanish Andalusian). It is standardised in several colour varieties in addition to blue.

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Amended May 2012