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Poultry Breeds - Cubalaya Chickens

Poultry Breeds - Cubalaya Chickens


CubalayaOrigins: The Cubalayas origins sound just like its name, Cuba. This fowl of created around the 19th century. The Cubalaya is thought to be developed from Asian stock, possibly from either the Philippine or Indonesian. It was brought to the United States in the late 1930’s.

Characteristics: The Cubalaya is a medium sized fowl with pea combs, red wattle and earlobes. The Cubalaya have short legs with a sloping back. On the hen, there is a distinct difference between the color of the plumage around the head and neck area and the rest of the body. On both the male and female, the tail is curved down, giving what is known as a “lobster tail” impression. The plumage of the male is brilliantly more colorful than the female with sometimes a  fire like reddish orange and emerald colored feathers. This bird is adaptable to hot weather. A notable feature for the Cubalaya is the lack of spurs on the feet. Their personality is friendly towards humans unless taught otherwise.

Standard Weights: Cock: 6 lbs; Hen: 4 lbs; Bantam Cock: 26 oz; Bantam Hen: 22 oz

Varieties: Black-breasted red, White, Black

Egg Shell Color: White

Uses: The Cubalaya is used for eggs and meat. They are also used for ornamental purposes. They are beautiful Chickens, especially the males.


Dr. Joe Berry, Extension Poultry Specialist, Department of Animal Science, Oklahoma State University

Chicken Breeds and Varieties (A2880), John L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Cubalaya Chicken." The Livestock Conservancy. The Livestock Conservancy, n.d. Web. 23 June 2015.

Ekarius, Carol. "Chickens: Cubalaya." Pocketful of Poultry: Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub., 2007. 58-61. Print.

Lewis, Celia. "Breed Profiles: Cubalaya." The Illustrated Guide to Chickens: How to Choose Them, How to Keep Them. New York: Skyhorse Pub., 2011. 78. Print.



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