Uses: Utility – mainly eggs and for show.
Origin: Menorca / Spain / Portugal. Eggs: 230 White.
Weight: Cock: 3.2-3.6Kg.Hen: 2.7-3.6Kg.
Bantam Cock: 960g, Hen: 850g.
Colours: Black, White and Blue (Standardised UK), Buff, Barred, Rose combed black.
Useful to Know: The heaviest of the ‘light breeds’, the Minorca was one famous for its large white eggs. Good temperament but can be flighty.
The Minorca was thought to originate in part from Holnicote on the island of Minorca, (several early imports came from here) but Spain and possibly Portugal also supplied some of the first birds. Many of the original imported strains varied considerably in weight so over time, the breed was refined and standardised in England.Minorca chickens broadly speaking resemble Spanish fowl without the white face and smaller white ear lobes although the Minorca is visibly bigger and is the heaviest of the light fowl classes.
Minorcas usually have a good temperament. They can be nervous, prefering to avoid humans and like many mediteranean breeds can be flighty so care needs to be taken with fencing to ensure they can’t escape when startled. If allowed to free range, Minorcas will do well, covering large areas and in areas where buzzards or other birds of prey are a problem, they are usually left alone due to their large size. As a utility breed, they do not tend to go broody. Minorcas lay well, laying large white eggs. Crossing with other heavy breeds such as the Orpington or Langshan does not improve egg production. Increasing comb size also seems to effect egg production.