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Cubalaya chickens are classified as game birds and come fromrnfighting stock. Although more aggressive than the common breed of chicken, theyrndisplay less aggression than most game birds. Cubalayas do surprisingly well asrnegg layers and meat producers. They lay four or five medium-sized, tan eggs arnweek. As a table bird they have a fine grained white meat. Cubalayas can takernup to three years to fully mature; however, most can reproduce at six months ofrnage. Cubalayas tolerate both heat and humidity well. Cuba uses Cubalayas forrnmeat and eggs while the US recognizes them primarily as ornamentals.

rnrnFirst time owners express surprise at the friendliness andrncuriosity of Cubalayas. Chicks will eat from human hands at birth. They havernlittle fear of anything. In fact, older and wiser members of the flock have tornteach chicks to run from predators. Cubalayas, although noisy, possess a calmrndisposition. The hens brood easily and make good mothers. Roosters will fightrnif left together. However, they seldom show aggression toward humans.

rnrnCubalayas combine the best of Asiatic and European game fowlrnto produce a truly spectacular ornamental. The stunning Black Breasted RedrnCubalaya has a jet black body with contrasting bright orange shackle and shellrnfeathers ending in a distinctive “lobster tail.” Lobster tails, unique tornCubalayas, slant down twenty degrees rather than up as in other breeds. Thernlarge, solitary, lobster-tail feathers follow the contour of the body withrntheir final termination on the ground. Cubalayas come in many different colors;rnhowever, only the White, Black, and Black Breasted Red have found their wayrninto the Standard of Perfection book kept by the American Poultry Associationrn(APA). The Silver and Gold Duckwings and the Blue Wheaton have yet to meet APArnstandards.

rnrnCubalayas need to forage. Build a spacious run for yourrnflock and move it often to avoid parasite infestation. Keep roosters apart orrnthe game bird part of their character will display itself with dirernconsequences. Bred from warm climate fowl, Cubalayas tolerate heat and humidityrnwell. Conversely, they have little tolerance for cold drafty conditions. If yournlive in the northern latitudes, insulate and caulk the coop. Americansrnappreciate the incredible beauty of the Cubalaya and may miss the practical eggrnlaying qualities of the breed. Feed them good layer food and supplement thernmorning light in the winter months, and they will provide you an egg a day.

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