Originally Posted by Rayrayschicks
Originally Posted by perchie.girl
Love it... to be certain an Araucana will oftentimes have no tail feathers... dont be upset if she doesnt grow them.
There are three breeds that get confused:
Araucana - South American often times tail less... lays blue eggs
Amaraucana - Will have a muff under their chin and will have a tail.... lays blue eggs
Ameracana - often Called Easter Egger or EE.... Can be of any color and has a tail. They may lay Blue, White, Green, or even pink eggs.
Araucana breed was the base for the other two. Way down the lineage line. they were cross bred with other chickens to produce a better layer... Araucanas arent very prolific.
Just one little tid bit of usless info that I have read.... LOL..
No that's great int,,, thank you so much for it
I'll def have to keep all that in mind when figuring out what breed my lil chick is and hopefully turns out to be the Araucana I purchased. What breed of chicken do you have?
I had past tense.... Guinea fowl, Welsummers, Silkies, two Araucanas (both tailless), heritage Turkeys, and a barnyard mix with a strong EE influences. Oh and Buff Brahamas. Back when I first found out about blue egg laying chickens I was fascinated and did a lot of research on them. I am a researcher by nature...
Loved em all for their different qualities. For what its worth I dont speak about breeds and their natures without having hands on experience with them.
By far the Welsummers I would recommend. They are heat and cold hearty (necessary here in the high desert) and fairly peaciful. I had three roos and about twenty hens. The Roos did their jobs peacifully keeping track of predatuors.. One roo took up the Alpha position... and kept the other two in line with only a little discipline.
The EEs were a mixed bag Large Fowl and Bantam and some in between. MOst of my broodies were EEs or EE crosses. While they were doing their job my flock was always filled with peeps and cheeps and big and little and tweenagers... With that group I also had three roos and about thirty hens... The roos Were Waylin Willie and Bubba. Came from a farm that had too many. Waylin had a MIGHTY Doodle doo. Willie had a lilting song and his head dopped down to the side when he finished. Bubba ... that first few months I never heard him sing. He would just stand there like a lump and watch.
One day I was down with asthma didnt have a bedfram only a matress on the floor. the nebulizer by the bed on the floor where the plug was... I had my bedroom door open to enjoy chicken TV... Every once and a while a hen would get curous and step in... Awwwk Awwk? Awk? looking around Id throw a sock and she would run out... Believe me laugther is an evil thing when you can't breathe...
Then I hear a BLOOD Curtling scream... Uh Oh. Here comes Willie with Waylin in persuit.... Must have broke the rules... Bwhaahahah cough cough... Then I heard a beautiful lilting call it was like half rooster and half Quail... I had to get up for that one. I peeked around the corner of the door and there was bubba Singing his heart out... Bubba got renamed Elvis after that.
Lets see the Guineas are a raucous loud PACK and sound like a squeeky hinge with bees in it.... and they are the ALIENS of the barnyard. and so daggum silly. One day I went out in a pink bathrobe and they just about turned themselves inside out screaming at me.... calling ME the alien.... they dont do change well. but they do a great job as a walking burglar or predator alarm. I personally have seen five of my guineas ESCORT a coyote off the property buzzing and screetching at him and charging and offereing to peck him... The coyote kept on moving and turning back as if to say "This aint Right !! "
The turkeys too were a hoot. I got them just because... Beautiful chocolate and black feathers on the male and there were splashes of gold on him too. I called him MR T. his wife was pretty too but kept busy doing turkey things. MR T. would fluf up and show off his feathers and creep up to me like snidely whiplash.... Id turn around and say "What are you doing|?" he would deflate and immediately and peck at the ground....
I didnt know they could fly till one night I was at my computer in the living room... door to the patio was open and there was some pipe out there at one time supplied the green house. The room is protected so I ahd a bunch of boxes in there. the pipe is a good fifteen feet off the floor. I suddenly heard some scrambling and huge flapping sound and a THUD. I flipped on the light to see MR T. turn himself back upright and shake the dust off his feathers. Mrs T was still perched on the pipe and looking down... It took him about three good flaps to get back up there....
For those who make round perches for their poultry... this is one of the reasons why not. when they fall asleep the don't balance so well.
The auracanas I didnt have very long... I lost em all to coyote pack getting in the yard. It was a cascade failure on many levels. I am over it.... it was about four years ago. So I wont be doing poultry again till I can do my new poultry house and a secure run for them. And live there as well.
deb "who writes a book now and then"