I bought a pair of chickens at a local poultry show. The man I bought them from told me they were bantam Araucanas. The hen is solid white, and the roo has red hackles and a blackish body. The roo is very young, maybe 3 months old. The hen is older.
I have never owned araucanas, so I didnt know much about them, just liked the looks of them with their little round rears.
Well, after I had them home for a day or two, the hen laid an egg. It wasnt blue or green, it was white....
So I then realized they wasnt Araucanas without laying colored eggs. I put the egg in the incubator as I had just started a batch that day. I was curious to see if it was fertile from her previous home. I checked it after a week and saw that it had begun developing, but had died. She has laid other eggs since, but they are infertile now as this roo isnt old enough to breed yet.
I did some research on the internet and learned that the Araucana gene is dominant, so even if they were a cross of an Araucana they would still lay colored eggs, and also have bluish legs. Their legs are not.... the hens is more whitish gray and the roos is yellow.
What in the world ARE these birds??? I didnt know of any other rumpless chicken breeds. They definitely dont have Araucana in them or they would have some of these characteristics. Anybody know?
Edited by hunnybunny - 4/12/10 at 8:27am