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Availability Display below is for the next several hatches. This breed is available for future dates. You can pick the date during the check out process. Green: available. Blue: limited availability. Red: not available.
Famous as layers of good sized white eggs, non-setters, these beautiful chickens have lustrous black plumage with white tips on every few feathers. They are about the same size to a little heavier than Leghorns. The dark color and active temperament make them a good bird to raise where hawks, owls, and animal predators are a problem because they do not show up like white breeds; and they are very quick and alert. They are an old breed in the Mediterranean Class, coming from the area around Ancona, Italy via England to the United States by the late 1800's. Baby chicks are very bright and snappy looking with their approximately half and half combination of black and white patches.
As a reminder, to help ensure a safe arrival to you, the minimum number of chicks for each order prior to April 1st is 25. On and after April 1st, the minimum number of chicks required is 15. You can mix and match any type of baby chick in your order to reach the applicable chick minimum order. If ordering any bantams, we require a minimum of 15 bantams per order.
Customer Product Reviews
I received two Ancona pullets with my assortment of chicks this year. One of them was taken by a hawk, but the remaining hen has turned out to be extremely tame and docile! She flies up on my shoulder every day and perches on me. She is very easy to pick up, and has even flown into my lap and nestled down like she was roosting. She is very curious, and always like to fly up high. I have found these birds to prefer more open spaces and room to fly and perch way off the ground. We have an enormous outdoor run so this is not a problem. My remaining Ancona is a beautiful bird, though she does not look much like the painting here. She is more evenly mixed 50/50 black and white patches. I am VERY happy I have her in my flock!
We received our Ancona chicks Saturday morning just as stated. Received one extra plus the extra rare chick giving us 27 in all. Every chick seems to be healthy, eating, drinking and full of energy. We are looking forward to watching them grow thanks to such a great start with Mcmurray Hatchery.
My favorite rooster of all time was an Anconca I ordered from this hatchery. If I was sitting down, he'd tilt his head and look at me before jumping up into my lap. He'd go to sleep there while I "preened" his feathers for him. Beautiful beetle green plumage, he and the other hens were predominantly black with fewer white spots than depicted.
Last year I purchased some Anconas from you along with other breeds of chicks. All have done well, but the Anconas are super stars. They lay each day and give big, white eggs. I am certainly going to be ordering more of these chickens. Easy keepers, very friendly, just a great white egg laying hen.
In the last group of chicks I got were two Anconas. What sweet and easy birds. Although a bit jumpy, once trust is formed they are your pals. My two follow me around the yard, fly up onto my arm or shoulder when I am filling the feed cans and love to eat out of my hand! They don't like to be pet or handled but like to be around you. Great birds! I can't wait for them to begin laying which will be any day now.
These birds are great. The males are very watchful over the hen for danger and the hens take care of each other really well. The birds learn very fast and get along good with other breeds of birds. They accept new birds in there flock well also. They are very healthy and fun to work with. Thank you Warrens Wi
My Grandmother and I had purchased several varieties of chicks from you over thirty years ago. We always had good results with them, as well as countless hours of fun watching the unusual varieties take shape! Last year, I was able to order some Anconas for my children to enjoy raising. They were beautiful, healthy chicks and have made wonderful layers of large white eggs. We have gathered eggs everyday since they started laying, right through the winter. Thanks for the wonderful experience then and now.