Araucana

Average User Rating:
4.40541/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Pea
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    Blue/Green
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Flighty,Bears confinement well,Quiet
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    APA recognizes: Black ,White ,BBR, Silver & Golden Duckwing.There are also many none standard colors, we have Lavender araucana in development ourselves.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
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    Araucana is a very rare breed with much controversy and numerous challenges. Hatcheries add to these challenges by misrepresenting their mongrel Easter Eggers as Araucana and Ameraucana chickens. Araucana and Ameraucana chickens are breeds, which are recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA). Easter Eggers are not a recognized breed because they are a cross of different breeds to produce various plumage colors and eggshell colors. Easter eggers are a novelty for backyard folks who enjoy pretty chickens that lay various colored eggs. Enthusiasts typically breed Araucana and Ameraucana to a standard of perfection to preserve their historical value.

    The origin of the Araucana is still up for debate, however many believe they came to America from South America, sometime during the 1920’s or 1930’s. The primary reason for breeding Araucana was because of their ability to lay blue eggs. They are often considered dual-purpose fowl and make good table fare. For a smaller standard size breed, hens typically lay nice medium sized eggs.

    The Araucana have two distinguishing characteristics that set them apart from the other breeds. They are rumpless (have no tail and the complete absence of a tail bone) and they have tufts (often called “earrings”), which grow from a protuberance (or fingerlike appendage)called a peduncle around the ear lobes or neck area. Tufts can be bilateral, unilateral and even trilateral.

    The tufted trait is a lethal gene on Araucana, which makes it difficult to breed. Two copies of the tuft gene are fatal and results in chicks dead in the shell, typically around days 18-21 in incubation. Even a single copy has been known to reduce hatchability, making this breed very difficult to propagate.

    The rumpless trait has produced challenges for breeders as well. This includes backs that get very short, from excessive rumpless to rumpless breeding, which results in future generations being unable to breed naturally. Rumplessness does not occur consistently in breeding Araucana, which results in chicks hatching with partial tails and even full tails. This can make for a lot of culling and very few selections to choose from for the show ring.

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    Araucana eggs

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    Araucana chick

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    Araucana hens

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    Araucana rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-araucana.1126008/
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Pea
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size: Medium
    Egg Color: Blue/Green

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, Flighty, Bears confinement well, Quiet

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    APA recognizes: Black ,White ,BBR, Silver & Golden Duckwing. There are also many none standard colors, we have Lavender araucana in development ourselves.
    Breed Details:
    The APA requirements demand a tufted and rumpless bird as an example of the perfect Araucana. That does not mention other traits that must be accomplished as well, like plumage color, skin color, shank color, body type and eye color. Few breeders put focused efforts on breeding to the standard of perfection because of all of the challenges presented. However, this still remains a fun and exciting breed for backyard flock owners and breeders alike. For more info and pictures visit our site www.Hinkjcpoultry.com

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Hellbabe
    4/5,
    "Interesting article"
    Pros - I know that my birds are now only part Araucana. They still lay blue/green eggs.
  2. Haley415
    2/5,
    "Misleading"
    Pros - Good genreal info
    Cons - Didn't mention that the tails are the standard in Australia and both are accepted in the u.k
  3. ElysetheMom
    5/5,
    "Wonderful Eggs"
    Pros - Lays unique blue/green eggs.
    Cons - Doesn't lay as many eggs as other breeds.
    Every year we get at least a few Araucanas. The eggs are lovely and every Araucana is unique and differently-colored. They don't lay as many eggs as other breeds such as Rhode Island Reds, Leghorns, and Plymouth Rock. However they make up for it with the unique coloring of their eggs.

User Comments

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  1. RedneckPrincess
    I know the adults habe no tail feathers, but what about the chicks?
  2. Turk Raphael
    Not from what I've read.
  3. PoultryAddict 1
    wait to 10 weeks-my bird is a aracana. They lay blue and green eggs.
  4. Cluckcluck1215
    Poultry Addict, KarennFallen said FIVE and a HALF Wekks old.
  5. LongRanch
    This is an araucana, just not a North American one. There are North American and European standards and they differ greatly.
  6. SunHwaKwon
    Yes, they are probably meaning Easter Egger. My feed store sells them as Aracauna (insert eye roll here)
  7. Turk Raphael
    I thought Araucana always laid blue eggs??????????????
  8. PoultryAddict 1
    only a half week old??? they will be pecked to death!
  9. KarennFallon
    I have one Araucana 2yrs old and lays green eggs as well. She has a muffler or collar of gray feathers. Gracie is much bolder that her coopmates, but a black Jersey Giant, Lou, runs the show, a red Sexlink, Ethel, is very timid and Mr. Chow our Bantam Splash Cochin rooster is there just because he's handsome. After your comments, I'm very nervous about introducing our 10 Sexlink chicks that are 5 1/2 wks old.
  10. PoultryAddict 1
    this is not a aracana,
    that is a mutt chicken.

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