Thanks, me too :)
And yea, when i was first starting out in the breed, it was pretty much near impossible trying to find info about the araucana we have in nz, it kept telling me about the ameraucana, and a couple of bits about the true rumpless one lol.
However after a ton of digging, and talking to people here, i found out more, and i am constantly lurking to find more info to such up haha. i figure if i am going to be doing the whole breeding to the standard, i should know what i'm doing.
A lot of the breeder here do my head in, as they have no idea of even the very basics genetically, spout off some stupid crud that is totally wrong, never even bother to find out anything, and then try say they are a great breeder, usually after screwing someone over. As a result, there are only about 3 breeders i would even consider buying eggs off now.
However, have decided to close my flock, and work on breeding what i have, not that i have managed to get my hands on some pretty good birds, some i have bought in as eggs, some adult birds, and a few gems i have bred myself.
Now to spend the next few years working out what pairs best, who throws nasties, and try and get them breeding a bit more consistently.
Oh yes, i'm like a sponge, if i am interested in the topic, i suck up information like no tomorrow lol
And yup, because we are such a tiny country, and a lot of the national income i guess you could say, relies on our export of produce, both fruit, and meat/dairy, it's pretty impossible to bring anything into the country that could affect that. Most of the breeds were smuggled in years ago(often from aussie) before restrictions got tight, and they had scanners haha
Oh wow, what were you doing in auckland? And yes it is a lovely place, for such a small country we have a huge range of terrain lol
And yup, our araucanas have crest like the CCL, however a lot of people have crossed polish and silkie in there to make bigger crests. I hate the bigger crests, i like a compact crest placed back from the face, as seen on the legbar. Plus a lot of aras ow have a recessive extra toe gene from crossing to boofy headed 5 toed breeds. It's a pain in the but. Not to mention many also carry a recessive straight comb gene, they should have pea combs, end of story. And even then, most of the aras here have cushion combs, from extensive cross breeding initially (i think all the aras in nz are descended from a single dozen eggs smuggled in about 50 years ago, or maybe longer) and not enough care taken to breed them back to type.
And yes, they should lay blue eggs, though many lay green, and the odd one pops out sometimes that lays brown. Thankfully i haven't had one of those yet, but anything that doesn't meet my very strict standard gets sold (if a pullet) as a crossbred layer for the backyard. Roosters end up in freezer camp.
And yup, tails, and no tufts, however they do have the beard and muffs, like the ameraucana.
Here's a couple of pics of the best pullet i bred last season. She's got a bit of gold around her neck, not enough to be a brown red, but we will see how she goes. Got a few chicks from her this season, hoping for a lot more next season with my new black cock.
However her shape is about bang on what it should be, she has a lovely crest, good beard/muffing, and a really nice, long, flat back.
Also has a lovely pea comb, and lays a huge, lovely coloured egg. She's also pretty big, which is great, the araucanas here have gotten a bit small the last 10-15 years, the hens aren't much bigger than bantams now.
Edited by TwistedFeathers - 1/21/16 at 10:14am