Uses: Exhibition. Utility: eggs. Eggs: 200 – 270 white / cream.
Weight: Cock: 2.7 – 2.95Kg, Hen: 2.25 – 2.5Kg.
Bantam Cock: 570 – 680g, Hen: 510 – 620g.
Colour: Beetle Green ground tipped with white.
Useful to Know: A good layer that is an active forager. Like the Leghorn, the large comb can suffer from frostbite.
The Ancona Chicken takes its name from the eastern Italian City of Ancona. It is thought they first reached the shores of England in 1851. There are a number of views about the origins of the Ancona, some believing that it is very similar in appearance to the original Mottled Leghorn and that in fact it is no more than a variety of Leghorn, however, it remains a distinct breed and has it’s own characteristic type. There has been a Blue Mottled Ancona developed in Germany and Holland. An autosexing breed called the Ancobar was created from the Ancona by Professor Lamoureux in America in 1941 and later on in the UK but it has never been popular and is thought to be extinct in the UK.
The Ancona is a good layer of white eggs, of which it lays an average of 220 per year; the eggs weigh 50 g or more Hens have little tendency to broodiness; pullets may begin to lay at 5 months. It is a typical Mediterranean breed, rustic, lively and hardy. Birds range widely and take flight easily.The legs are yellow mottled with black, the beak yellow with some black markings on the upper mandible, and the eye orange-red. The skin is yellow, the ear-lobes white or cream-coloured. The comb is of medium size, with five well-marked points; in hens it should fall gracefully to one side. In the United Kingdom and in the United States, but not in Italy, a rose comb is permitted.