Ancona Chickens

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Ancona is a breed of chicken originating in the Marche region of Italy. The breed is called “the Marchegiana” in Italy and was exported to England in the mid-19th century, where it was named after the regional capital, Ancona. Ancona chickens have a distinct plumage color pattern – black ground color mottled white. On the ideal bird, one out of every five feathers is tipped with white. As with other mottled colored breeds of poultry, there is a tendency for the mottles to increase in size and quantity as the chicken ages. It is noted for its ability to produce large white eggs. It is an excellent, economical layer, as it lays an average of 250 – 300 eggs per year. The Ancona is one of the many unique and beautiful breeds you can see at the Petting Farm at Mountain Valley View Farm.



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