Chicken Breed Focus - Araucana

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    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


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    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!
     
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Great article, Sumi. Thank you
     
  3. lcertuche

    lcertuche Chillin' With My Peeps

    If it is lethal how does eggs hatch?
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    It affects a percentage of fertile eggs. Take a look at the link that Sumi gave on Breed Focus for further details
     
  5. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right before they said that it is lethal they said that there are poor hatch rates
     
  6. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great Article!!
     
  7. orpington13

    orpington13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it is lethal, than it would be impossible to hatch any chick. It can and usually is lethal. Excellent article!
     
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  8. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    So nice to see what this breed is really supposed to look like.
     
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  9. JDE99156

    JDE99156 Just Hatched

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    I have one Araucana and she is sweetheart. She did miss her human when I was away for a couple weeks. She just started laying @ 22 weeks old. [​IMG]
     
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  10. skilpatrick

    skilpatrick New Egg

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    I have 6 araucana hens. [​IMG]
     

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