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Pita Pinta Asturiana — the Painted Spanish Chicken Christopher Columbus Helped Make Famous

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Pita Pinta Asturiana -- the Painted Spanish Chicken Christopher Columbus Helped Make Famous

Remember your High School history? In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Of his three ships, the Maria, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria, it was a lookout on the Pinta who sighted the New World. 

La Pinta translates from the Spanish to “the look,” the spotted one,” or “the painted one.” Painted chickens. Just the right pal for the Easter Rabbit if only he didn’t already have the Marans hen with her chocolate eggs.

The Pita Pinta is the only chicken breed native to the Asturian region of Northern Spain where it traces its origins to the same chickens that were the foundational stock for the hardy Basque Hens. They are rare; only about 2,000 of them exist today. Talk about a rare bird!

Add Some Color to Your Yard and Be Ready for the Fiesta!

Pita Pinta chickens are a rustic breed and have their home in the mountainous Asturian region of northern Spain. The lush, green region on the Atlantic is much loved by tourists and surfers.

The Pita Pinta is a great-looking dual-purpose chicken. They are very trusting and friendly. The Pita Pintas look pretty darn good, too! And they have a nice name to go with their plumage.

If you don’t remember your High School history, your High School Spanish may still come in handy for naming these birds:  

  • Pita      = Hen / Pullet
  • Pinta    = Colored / Spotted
  • Pinto    = Rooster
  • Pintino = Chick

The spotted Pita Pinta chicks are absolutely adorable, too! Or, as they might say in Azuria, bonito!

Pita Pinta Asturiana chickens come in four colors, and we have Red Mottled day-old chicks ready to ship! The breed has four main colorings:

  • Negra (black speckled). 
  • Roxa (red-brown speckled) 
  • Abedul (black/birch)
  • Blanca (white)

A Rare Breed of Chicken — You’ll be the Envy of the Neighborhood 

The Red Mottled Pita Pinta Asturiana (or red pita pintas) are a rare breed indeed. Translated from Asturian, “pita pinta” means “painted hen” –  and you can see why when you come across this beautiful chicken.

We love this gorgeous bird and are happy to have them as one of our core breeds. They’re gentle, sweet, and simply gorgeous. We’ve sourced our gorgeous Red Mottled Pita Pinta Asturiana from Greenfire Farms – the hatchery we trust the most.

Red Mottled Pita Pinta Asturiana Day-Old Chicks for Sale

When searching for backyard chickens, your family should consider this gorgeous breed – perfect for free ranging. 

The good news is that you don’t need roosters in order for pita pintas to lay eggs. Pita Pintas lay about 2-3 cream-colored eggs a week. The hens weigh 2.5 kilos and the roosters weigh about 4.5 kilos.

“The pita pinta is a laying breed that lives for a long time (they can reach up to 4 to 5 years old). The average number of eggs laid is 140 per hen per year, with an average weight of 65 g.” Slow Food Foundation

You Don’t Have to Sail to the New World for Your Fresh Eggs

When searching for backyard chickens, your family should consider this exciting breed. The Pita Pinta hens lay about 3 eggs a week, just perfect for your Christmas Fruitcake if you still haven’t baked it. 

Go ahead, there’s still time before Santa arrives! As they say in Spanish, “Las prisas no son buenas consejeras.” Don’t rush, take your time.

Graywhale Farms has a mission to bring the country to the city — even the Spanish country — making families in the Midwest healthy and happy. 

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