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  1. suzannaski

    Anyone in MA have an extra chick or two?

    Hi Thanks to Hurricane Sandy's power outage, only one of my hatching eggs hatched. My lonely chick is a week old and in desperate need of companions. Breed not important. I did make a post in the wanted ads too. Thanks for any help! Sue
  2. suzannaski

    Looking for 1-2 week old chicks in New England

    Hi Thanks to the hurricane and power outage, only one of my eggs hatched from the incubator. I need 2 companions for my lonely little Araucana. I'd prefer a green egger, but chick company is more important. Thanks, Sue
  3. suzannaski

    NEAS Meet-up's Westford ma (buy sell swap)11/4 see post #1090

    Is anyone looking to buy true Araucana cockerels? These are true stock, not the phony hatchery versions, and they are not Ameraucana. All are rumpless, one or two have a couple tail feathers, and some have small tufts. It's hard to tell, since they pick them off eachother. The colors are white...
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    BYC members in Massachusetts?

    Here's the info for anyone wishing to go. There are workshops all day, but only one is dedicated to poultry. Others are pesticides, certified home kitchens... 11:30 - 12:15 - Megan Megrath - "Backyard Poultry" Pre-Registration - $20 / per person Registration Day of - $25 / per person Coffee in...
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    Araucana thread anyone?

    Illia, I was so happy to read your post about tufts chicks from non-tufted parents. I feel a little vindicated because I posted earlier that there was a possibility of that. (Reduced penetrance vs myth) Carmel, I don't know about getting a black from a splash, except that I have a black...
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    BYC members in Massachusetts?

    Hi Rosemerry I'm next door in Berlin. There is a workshop this Wed. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=yjfqi7cab&v=001bNszPz862YwwPJbYpumxER5RCTtsiaBABiiJpsfDo7z113Ys9CcYxJ1tJwhBAE_7L7mJ0bAZpL_bozekhmGaWwirEHfxcI2cA8jk1e_T0utgU7Vo62j7kw%3D%3D by Megan Megrath, the poultry...
  7. suzannaski

    Araucana thread anyone?

    ps- has anyone else noticed that the new BYC is painfully slow to load? The thread comes up, but then I can't scroll until the multitude of ads finish loading. Grrr.
  8. suzannaski

    Araucana thread anyone?

    Wow! All these posts since I've been here last! Cobredor's eggs have all hatched, and I now have 7 rumpless babies, and 3 have little tufts! I hope they all grow up to become healthy, happy PULLETS! Thanks Carmel!
  9. suzannaski

    Araucana thread anyone?

    Hi All! I'm taking a break from my endless stream of studying for exams. Cobredor sent me hatching eggs, I have most of them in my friend's incubator with her batch from Smoothmule (I think). The eggs that didn't fit are in my homemade incubator. We're hoping to see some pips around the 21st...
  10. suzannaski

    Araucana thread anyone?

    Lanae, I know exactly what you mean. If this love of the Araucana breed, were a human relationship, my friends would be telling me to leave him! So much disappointment, but the successes are just that much more treasured. And I just love their "bustles".
  11. suzannaski

    Araucana thread anyone?

    Ha! Mine too. Although every so often its a false alarm. Of course, by the time I get there, the layer is back out eating, so I haven't figured out who is laying the really true blue eggs. I've narrowed it down to three suspects. None of the suspects have tufts, and only one is rumpless. Oh well.
  12. suzannaski

    Araucana thread anyone?

    That is my mistake for thinking that a non-expressed gene may be expressed in future generations. My information on the 4-14 % reduced penetrance of a heterozygous tufted bird was based on info in the research article "Ear Tuftedness: A Lethal Condition in the Araucana Fowl" in the Journal of...
  13. suzannaski

    Review by '' on item 'Araucana'

    They are sweet and fun. They don't lay eggs as often as production hens, but they are friendly and can tolerate New England winters. I have two roosters that never fight (I had a 3rd one who did fight, he's gone now) and the roosters are good husbands and fathers. The turquoise eggs are worth...
  14. suzannaski

    Araucana thread anyone?

    Not to nitpick, but there is a slightly less than 50% chance of getting tufted chickes from a tufted mated to a non tufted. That is because the dominant tufting gene has reduced penetrance, meaning that a chick will inherit the tufting gene but may not have tufts. Which is another reason to...
  15. suzannaski

    Araucana thread anyone?

    I'm so bummed! I opened the coop this morning, and the two roosters that have been getting along forever have bloodied heads (combs mostly) and the young (bigger) rooster has almost no injuries. And wouldn't you know, it's Scooter, my favorite and the only rumpless one, that seems to be hurt the...
  16. suzannaski

    Araucana thread anyone?

    I'm so sorry, Lanae! I feel the same way about leaving home. And I also believe that the scale of the catastrophe is directly proportional to how much fun I have when I go out/travel. My only rumpless hen is limping. Do you think that's from the youngest roo being a bit "unchivalrous"...
  17. suzannaski

    BYC members in Massachusetts?

    Hi Not sure where you're located, but Phil Bolak is really great with issues like that. He's in the Sterling (central MA) area.
  18. suzannaski

    Araucana thread anyone?

    Sorry. I read that Cathy has a nice rump! You have nice chickens. I can only dream right now.
  19. suzannaski

    Araucana thread anyone?

    Wow, he's gorgeous, Rumbull! Does he have Barred Rock in him?
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