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 The Ancona Chicken is named after the province of Ancona in Italy from where specimens were brought to the UK and shown in 1851 for the Great Exhibition.  Believed by many to be closely related to the original Mottled Leghorn further imports in the 1890's and later from both America and Italy concentrated the breed characteristics to the spangled fowl of today. The Ancona Chicken takes its name from the City of Ancona, a port in Italy, from which the first Ancona Chickens were shipped to England.

The Ancona Chicken went to America from England in 1888.

Within Italy they were found in reds, browns and white which would account for the occasional copper appearing in neck hackles it being a genetic throwback.

Anconas are active birds and excellent foragers.  They are excellent layers of white shelled eggs.

Price:  $18.50 each