Anyone Good At Guessing Araucana's?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Bridebeliever, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. I got this girl last week from our Humane Society. She was dropped off there at night with several Araucana roosters. They didn't know anything about her!
    Can anyone tell by these pictures about how old she is? I don't know anything about this breed. Thanks!
    Here she is hanging out with the rest of my girls...

  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    If she is rumpless than she is probably an Araucana, but she needs ear tufts to be considered a true Araucana.
  3. Yes, I know that part, thank you though! I was trying to figure out if she was an old bird or younger. Hoping for some eggs please! [​IMG]
  4. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Songster

    Sep 30, 2015
    Not all araucanas have tufts because of their genetics, her color/size of comb looks nice could be a brighter red but she may start laying once she gets settled in.
  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    After a bird reaches maturity, it is very hard to estimate age with any certainty.

    Some signs can indicate wear and tear that older birds often have (or very poor living conditions for a younger bird).

    If her leg scales are flat and tight, she is likely younger. If her overall look is bright eyed, smooth wattle/comb, full feathered, glossier, plump, she is likely younger. Younger hens will have slightly smaller combs that are rosy pink rather than true red if they have not come into lay (although anemia from worms or poor conditions will also cause pale combs and different breeds have different size combs).

    You can gauge her readiness for laying by the width between her two pelvic bones....3 to 4 finger width indicates a laying hen. Two or less, non-laying hen. If she isn't molting, and has only 2 finger width, with smaller, rosy comb, and overall looks healthy, she is likely a younger pullet.

    A laying hen's vent has a stretched "smiley" appearance while a non-layer's vent looks small and puckered. Older spent hens (especially in rescue situations) generally look haggard, rough, craggy and spent.

    Sexually mature girls will do the egg squat while young pullets will not. Old hags often will no longer squat.

    But again, once a hen reaches sexual maturity, it is very hard to tell their age. Many of the non-productive signs above can be poor husbandry and ill health rather than true age. Even an older hen well cared for can be productive, albeit not as prolific as her younger years.

    I'll ink a good video article below on determining if a hen is ready to lay or productive.

    She is a pretty girl. Good luck with her.


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  6. That was a very educational post. Thank you for taking the time!

    I'll check her over more thoroughly tomorrow.
  7. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon add....

    In closer inspection of the photos, I am seeing some toe curling in your gal.

    That probably happened when she was a chick, and could have been caused by wrong incubating conditions, using wire cages as flooring in brooder, vitamin deficiency as a chick, to poor genetics.

    If you haven't done so, I'd put her on some Chick Saver vitamins to make sure she doesn't have a deficiency, although the damage done in toe curl as a chick by now would be irreversible.

    I have had toe curling from vitamin deficiency (in young chicks) and from genetics (rare breed, over inbred). Toe curling can indicate a lower resistance and immunity, and sometimes failure to be as productive if it is genetic. (Don't breed from her as you do not know the cause).

    If it was from wrong hatching temperatures, and the bird is able to get around okay, it does little harm.

  8. Yes, it was one of the first things I noticed. Poor girl. She does get around just fine though. I thought possibly from hatching. And then I thought possibly she was a "dump off" because of the defect. She was left at the humane society (dropped in the same box) as three Araucana roosters. No, I don't plan to breed her, no roosters at our house either! I do have a vitamin/electrolyte mix on hand I could add to the water.
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    She;s very pretty, glad you rescued her.

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