Araucana thread anyone?

Frazzemrat1

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Mom was crested Cream legbar. Dad SDW Araucana.
Sooooo Mom has the barring gene. These guys should be sex linked. In barred breeds, mom can only give her sons the barring gene. Dad can give it to both his sons and daughters. That's why barred males tend to be lighter with the double barring, and the females tend to be darker with single barring. When you breed a non-barred male to a barred female, she can only pass it on to her sons, so only her sons will be barred. That's how black sex links work. The males are barred, the females aren't.

So all your head dots should be cockerels.
ETA: so looking at your pics... you should only have pullets since no barring.
 

RinaRoo

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Sooooo Mom has the barring gene. These guys should be sex linked. In barred breeds, mom can only give her sons the barring gene. Dad can give it to both his sons and daughters. That's why barred males tend to be lighter with the double barring, and the females tend to be darker with single barring. When you breed a non-barred male to a barred female, she can only pass it on to her sons, so only her sons will be barred. That's how black sex links work. The males are barred, the females aren't.

So all your head dots should be cockerels.
ETA: so looking at your pics... you should only have pullets since no barring.
Yeah, that's exactly why I was questioning it. You expect to get at best 50/50. I mean who gets that lucky? Not me for sure. I lost my whole flock multiple times over the last year. I only have 1 bird left of my third or fourth purchase of birds last year after losses.

Maybe that's my payback? I get to have all pullets out of one hatch? It's crazy.
 

chickengr

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Yeah, that's exactly why I was questioning it. You expect to get at best 50/50. I mean who gets that lucky? Not me for sure. I lost my whole flock multiple times over the last year. I only have 1 bird left of my third or fourth purchase of birds last year after losses.

Maybe that's my payback? I get to have all pullets out of one hatch? It's crazy.


good luck!

once my broody hen hatched 5 out of 5 eggs, all pullets (marans).
 

RinaRoo

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Updated pics on the babies 1 week and 2 days on the Tuesday hatch and 5 days on the Friday hatch.

I lost the last little one who hatched Friday early Sunday morning. I think part of it may have been weekness, and part because somehow the power strip got turned off on Sunday and they were without heat for a good portion of the day. I couldn't figure out why they were running around the brooder making squawking noises and huddling up outside of the brooder plate until the one little dark baby was falling over on its side. I did some investigating and noticed the power light was off, unfortunately not in time to save the youngest one.

On the day the mom and dad died, there was one last egg she laid, so I hurriedly put it in the incubator and it's developing nicely. It's due on February 1st.

The pictures of the wing feathers are the difference between the dark and the light colored babies.

On a side note, I also have 2 other developing eggs in the incubator that belong to my friend. They're little olive eggers. Unfortunately her Araucana eggs aren't developing at all.
 

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Trish1974

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Just wanted to share a pic of one of the chicks I hatched and sold this past summer. He's out of Manolito and Mama. Hmmm, maybe I should have kept him! He ended up with the best comb and biggest tufts out the pair. Also no leakage (3/4 of the cockerels I hatched out of those 2 ended up with saddle leakage). Lesson learned, I will let them grow out longer before I sell them!:he
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RinaRoo

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I got quite a surprise Saturday morning. River, my sole Araucana, the paint from the summer started laying. I got 2 eggs from her.

I made breakfast out of one of them and to my great surprise, it was fertile. So number 2 went immediately into the incubator. I only had room for one more.

Keep your fingers crossed for me that something starts to develop, so I can collect more, for a week or so and have some hatch.
 

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