Not just an interesting and attractive bird, Andalusians are a heritage breed that is kept by many people for both eggs and meat. They often produce a large white egg that can provide some diversity to a predominantly brown egg flock. As a meat bird, they are slower to mature than breeds bred specifically for meat, but they do provide a sizable bird when allowed time to grow to size.
There have been a number of Andalusians at Sheep Pasture, including both hens and roosters. In our experience, the hens are easy to handle and quite accepting of other birds. The roosters have proved to be more challenging, and we would not suggest beginners keep an Andalusian rooster as their first bird. However, when roosters are kept they can become very protective of their hens. Here are some additional facts:
Temperament: Hens calm and easy to work with; roosters can be challenging as they mature. Roosters can be especially vocal.
Egg production: Good, with large white or light eggs
Used as meat birds: Yes
Size: Large- Males up to 7 pounds, females 5 pounds
Listed by The Livestock Conservancy: Yes
As always, we recommend researching the quality of the breeder facility, the care required for keeping chickens in your region, your local laws and regulations for keeping poultry, and the many different breeds and characteristics available before purchasing any birds.