Originally Posted by Shaffer
No, no wonder they are given up, too much hatching, too many culls and if you grow them out too much waiste of feed and space to get just a few. Oh, and by the way they do not produce 50% true (double tufted rumpless) but the APA accepted them anyways. The clean face rumpless ones can not be shown and they do produce 50% true.
Pulled this from a conversation on the Ameraucana thread, thought it may be helpful.
Originally Posted by RedBanks
If both parents have the tufts gene, 25% of the chicks will die in the shell. Only a bird with tufts carries the tufted gene. If both parents are tufted 50% of the chicks will be tufted 25% dead in shell and 25% non-tufted. If only one parent is tufted you will get 50% tufted and 50% clean faced. This mean you will have tufted and not tufted in your flock.
Good luck! I love Araucanas and do plan on having them in the future. There are a few breeders I am on the mailing list for:
Definitely some good reading on both of them.
And I agree with what someone said earlier. It is worth it to invest in a rooster that is as close to perfect as possible.
Again, Good luck!