The Majorcan chicken breed is raised primarily for egg production. Hens will produce around 150 medium-sized, cream-colored eggs each year. They are not prone to going broody, but when they do sit on their eggs, they make excellent mothers.
This breed is not generally raised for meat production due to its poor-quality carcass.
Majorcan Chicken Breed Quick Info
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Origins of Majorcan Chicken
The Majorcan chicken is an old Mediterranean breed that is thought to have come from either Mallorca Island or the west of the Iberian Peninsula.
This breed was on the brink of extinction in 2003 and was standardized by the Breeders Club of the Balearic Island. Today, they remain rare and are difficult to find outside of their native region.
Some Things to Know About Majorcan Chicken
These birds have a single comb and simple crest with white earlobes. They feature bright, straw-colored plumage in the most common variety.
They have abundant hackles and large wings that are held close to the body. Their tail is large with shiny black feathers.
How Easy is it to Keep Majorcan Chickens?
The Majorcan chicken is a slow-growing bird with a bold personality. They are active and elegant and thrive in a free-range environment. They are excellent foragers and enjoy having room to roam around and search for food.
Like most Mediterranean breeds, they thrive in hot climates but do not do well in the cold.
Special Care and Considerations for Majorcan Chickens
As with all chickens with a single comb, the Majorcan chicken is at risk of developing frostbite in the winter. You can use a swipe of vaseline to help protect their comb and wattles from freezing in low temperatures.
Otherwise, this is a hardy, healthy breed of chicken that thrives in most conditions.