History of Anconas

Ancona Hen with single comb

Ancona chickens, as their name suggests, originated from Ancona, Italy. They were imported into England and then later America in the mid to late 1800s. Anconas were originally imported into Europe because of their known ability as winter layers. There are two varieties; rose and single comb, with absolutely no difference except in the comb itself.

In the classic text ‘Origin and History of All Breeds of Poultry’ the Ancona is described as being “of the Spanish group, being somewhat larger than the leghorn. The plumage is beetle-green ground (almost a jet black), the feathers tipped with white, evenly mottled throughout, with no tendency to lacing. Shanks and toes yellow or yellow shaded or mottled with black. Wattles red, ear lobes white. They are non-setters, and exceedingly good layers.”

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