While I wait to have Araucana hens for my rooster, I've kept my rooster, Rudy, happy and occupied with my barnyard hens. I did have some Ameraucana and EE hens but sold them so that when I actually have some true Araucana hens, they can enjoy the big coop with my brown egg layers and I can easily tell their eggs from the brown egg layers (a few Maran hens). I did hatch out a few chicks from those hens and they are such neat crosses. I probably will not be keeping them but they can hang around until I have purebred hens that are laying. I want to see what they look like when they mature. I was pleased to find that over 90% have been rumpless. My rooster is rumpless but clean faced so these chicks will not have tufts. The Ameraucana chicks do have muffs but no beards. So, these little guys have pea combs and they will lay blue/green/olive eggs and they are rumpless. I don't plan to hatch any of their eggs but they sure do make pretty chickens and the egg colors will be nice and since there isn't any reason to care about the color or standard, anything goes and there are some cool colors in those breeds to cross. I may have to hatch a few every so often just for people who want something different as laying hens and since Araucana's are such nice, heavy birds, the extra cocks will be very nice for eating. I know Araucana are too rare to just be used for crossbreeding but in my case, no purebred hens yet (just chicks that I haven't been able to sex yet). Has anyone else crossed true Araucana's to other breeds? What breeds do you cross to and what were the chicks like? I have 1 that hatched yesterday (the last Ameraucana cross chick) and 2 from the Maran eggs are hatching as I write this. I'll be even more excited to have purebred chicks but in the meantime, I am really enjoying my crossbred chicks and learning more about the Araucana and breeding it.