Breed of the Week-Ancona

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The Ancona breed is named for a town in Italy. Sometimes confused with the mottled Leghorn  (I made this mistake myself), it is often considered a type of Leghorn, but alas it is its own breed. It is one of the few breeds that can have two different comb varieties: single or rose comb. We have the single comb.

Anconas are gentle, yet can be a bit skittish. They can also be flighty and prefer to forage. I have observed the rooster to be protective of his hens, yet submissive to man.
Our pullet just began laying and we will begin to collect her eggs for hatching in about 2 weeks. She lays a medium white egg and the breed averages 200-270 eggs/year.

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