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Is this really an araucana? What color?

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I'm going to preface that this breeder I got the hatching eggs from was a little sketchy, and we are not raising show birds, so my questions are just out of curiosity. We were told these blue hatching eggs were araucana eggs, and I'm wondering if this is typical, they are poorly bred, or just not araucanas at all.

These chicks all hatched yellow, and out of the 5 chicks, 3 have white legs, 2 have willow/yellow legs. Some are getting what looks like tufts on the top of their heads (the willow legged chicks), non are rumpless, and none are tufted at the ear. 2 seem to be splashes now, and one chick has this odd coloring. What are your thoughts? Are these araucanas? What color will this chick end up? Is she a blue wheaten? They are 2 weeks old now. I want to be sure I know what they are when I find homes for the chicks we aren't keeping.







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I'm going to preface that this breeder I got the hatching eggs from was a little sketchy, and we are not raising show birds, so my questions are just out of curiosity. We were told these blue hatching eggs were araucana eggs, and I'm wondering if this is typical, they are poorly bred, or just not araucanas at all.

These chicks all hatched yellow, and out of the 5 chicks, 3 have white legs, 2 have willow/yellow legs. Some are getting what looks like tufts on the top of their heads (the willow legged chicks), non are rumpless, and none are tufted at the ear. 2 seem to be splashes now, and one chick has this odd coloring. What are your thoughts? Are these araucanas? What color will this chick end up? Is she a blue wheaten? They are 2 weeks old now. I want to be sure I know what they are when I find homes for the chicks we aren't keeping.







 None rumpless is your key.    They may be what is referred to as  Ameraucana, which do have rumps.   Many peeps use the wrong wording to describe chickens that lay colored eggs.   Easter Eggers  are not  Auracanas, although they have some of those genes. 

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Definitely a couple Easter Eggers..

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I know they are not ameraucanas because they don't have slate legs like our true ameraucana does. Araucanas can have tails, they don't have to be rumpless, it just helps if they are to consider what breed they truly are. I am okay with Easter eggers too, but I hatched Easter eggers from this lady and they are all chipmunk colored and look totally different, which is why I am curious.
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