Originally Posted by Bantamdelopera
I do not think Barred Araucanas exist however that gave me an idea that maybe the mottled rooster that I have could be used to create a barred coloring. You can see how it is not unsimilar although I am not a breeding expert.
Araucana tend to be fast feathering and so that make barring difficult, however cuckoo araucana definately exist. We have a couple members of the Araucana Club of America who are working on the cuckoo araucana.
To explain the difference between barring and cuckoo. A fast feathered birds grows it feathers, well faster and the feather growth does not give adequate time for nice crisp strips required to be a barred bird, so they have messy bars and are considered cuckoo.
Barred birds are slow feathering. Their feather develop slower which allows the time needed for the pigments to be placed crisply and create the barred pattern.
Thats a simple explanation for a complex process as other genes are involved like sex linked genes. LOL!
Edited by cashdl - 2/12/16 at 7:28pm