Though most famous for its blue eggs, the Araucana is a very unique looking bird, recognizable by its feather ear tufts. The rest of the standard varies by country, (muffs, beards and tails allowed or required in some countries but disqualifications in the US and Canada), all standards require the bird to have ear tufts and lay blue eggs. They come in bantam and standard sizes. Originating in Chile, the Araucana is said to descend from various ancient breeds or landraces native to Chile and is thought to be of pre-Columbian origin. They are a medium sized bird, cold tolerant, are good foragers and get along well in a flock. They are generally fairly people friendly, they are said to have nice temperaments, though they are often said to be "quirky", to go along with their unusual appearance. The girls are fair to good layers and they will go broody. The APA accepts five recognized colors, Black, White, BBR, Gold and Silver Duckwing, though breeders are working on many other colors. Hatch percentage is poor, since the eartufts are caused by a gene that is lethal to the developing embryo when in a homozygous state, so they can be quite challenging for breeders. It is on the Livestock Conservancy's Study list. Details: Breed purpose: Blue Eggs Comb Type: Pea Broodiness: Average Climate Tolerance: Cold Hardy Weight: Hens 4 lbs. Roosters 5.0 lbs Egg Productivity: Good Egg Size: Medium/Large Egg Color: Blue Pic by @cackleberrycoop Pic by @cackleberrycoop Pic by @Stacykins Pic by @Ksane Pic by @Kassaundra Pic by @Ksane Pic by @wilds of pa BYC Breed reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/araucana Breed discussions thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/288425/araucana-thread-anyone/0_20 Do you own Araucanas? Are you an Araucana breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!