Black And White, 6 x 6 " oil on panel, ©2014, Fay Terry
This is an Ancona chicken which has a distinct plumage pattern of black feathers tipped with white. They are named for Ancona, Italy, where this breed has been raised for centuries. They came to the U.S. by way of England in the nineteenth century. These chickens have a white ear lobe which is a predictor of white shelled eggs. A chicken with red ear lobes generally lays brown eggs.