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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by pokey, Jan 11, 2011.
For true araucanas,do you or would you breed birds that have a partial tail?
Some people do, some people don't. It often helps fertility and to some, though I don't know if it is true, it helps keep the vertebrae from shortening in numbers. Just remember that when doing this, you WILL get tailed Araucanas.
I honestly don't do it unless I have a project going in which I will not sell the offspring of until I know the tails are gone.
Some do, some don't. I have a really nice double tufted splash roo with 4 tail feathers that are downward pointing. I use him. I do get partial tailed chicks out of him. The rest of my birds are rumpless. I have a nice tailed double tufted blue duckwing pullet that I probably wont use for breeding, but every once in a while I look at her and go, HMMM!. So we will see what I feel like in the spring.
Quote:How does the partial tail increase fertility?
Depending on how much of a tail is there, it allows more balance and better aim during mating. That's often the reason rumpless birds in the first place have low fertility - It isn't as easy to mate without a tail.
I don't mind a tail or partial tail at all if the bird is otherwise good. Tufts are hard to come by, correct feather color and leg color is also a reason I would use a tailed bird. If the bird doesn't have any redeeming qualities, I would cull.
For me personally, I wouldn't breed two birds with partial tails together. If I was going to use a ( and I do) partially tailed bird, it would be in a pen with rumpless birds.
Anyone in Arkansas have any partial tailed Araucana's? I would so love to have a lack Breasted Red to put with my Easter Eggers. All I wqant to do is try to get some of the offspring of my hens to lay a blue(er) egg. Not very expensive either, I'm a cheapo that really wants it for personal use, not trying to sells anything.
If I lived in your neck of the woods, I have 1 I would give you. He is beautiful. He has 1 extended tail feather but is rumpless and nice BBR. I hope you find someone in your area. Maybe try the araucana club. There should be someone there who has a cull that want to get rid of.