Breed Profile: Ancona

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 18 July 2020

The Ancona is a typical Mediterranean breed of chicken, rustic, lively and hardy. These are the common fowls that inhabit central Italy. Named after the port of Ancona these birds range widely and take flight easily. The Ancona is also a particularly good egg layer.

Ancona chicken rooster in backyard


  • Class: Italy
  • Type: Large Fowl & Bantam
  • Size: Light 2-3kg
  • Rarity: Common
  • Purpose: Eggs
  • Recognized Varieties: Mottled black and white


Anconas lay around 180 lovely large eggs per year.

  • Egg Colour: White
  • Egg Size: Large


  • Comb Type: Single comb, Rose comb
  • Feathered Legs: No
  • Appearance: Yellow skin and mottled yellow and black legs


  • Hardy in Winter: Yes
  • Especially Docile: No
  • Personality: Anconas are often described as flighty but with calm firm handling they are quite docile. They are not known for being broody.

Family Friendly Rating: 3/5

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