This Pitiusa chicken breed is an important part of the Pitiusa/Ibizan culture and cuisine and is not officially recognized everywhere. A program of extreme emergency actions is being utilized, along with a morphological revision, to properly conserve this breed in Ibiza.
They offer high-quality meat, and studies have shown that if meat production of this breed was to be carried out commercially, it would have the potential to be successful.
Hens lay around 120 large cream eggs per year and begin laying semi-early compared to other breeds, between 5 and 6 months. Their egg production can be increased with the correct diet.
Pitiusa Chicken Breed Quick Info
Pitiusa Chicken Description
|Pitiusa Ease of Raising/Keeping:||Easy|
|Pitiusa Special Care Needs:||No|
|Is the Pitiusa breed a common, rare, or protected breed of chicken?||Rare, “endangered” status|
|Pitiusa Ability/Likelihood to Free Range:||Yes|
Pitiusa Egg Production
|Egg Color||Light Cream|
|Estimated Number of Eggs Per Year||120|
|Likeliness to Brood Eggs/Raise Chicks||Medium|
Pitiusa Meat Production
|Dressed Weight Male||5.5 lbs|
|Dressed Weight Female||3.85 lbs|
Pitiusa Climate Tolerance
Pitiusa Age to Maturity
|Number of Months to Reach Full Size||6 Months|
|Number of Months to Start Egg Laying||6 Months|
|Number of Weeks/Months to Reach Meat Harvest Size||4-6 Months|
Pitiusa Size at Maturity
Origins of Pitiusa Chicken
This breed originated in Ibiza and is currently only found there. They are critically endangered and are in need of a breed standard to define the breed.
Some Things to Know About Pitiusa Chicken
The Pitiusa chicken is a small, crested breed with red earlobes. They stand in an upright position. Their plumage can be black, golden black, barred, partridge neck black, and more. There is not a defined plumage expression because of the lack of selection of pure colors.
How Easy is it to Keep Pitiusa Chickens?
The Pitiusa is an active breed that excels as a free-range bird. They are docile, good-natured birds. Because they are native to Ibiza, they do well in warm weather but do not do so well in the cold.
Special Care and Considerations for Pitiusa Chickens
They are an endangered breed and are in need of a protection and improvement program. Otherwise, they are hardy, healthy chickens.