Tufted breeds???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by alibra, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. alibra

    alibra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the tufted faces of Araucanas, but I dislike the rumplessness. Are there any other breeds of chickens that are tufted besides Araucanas?

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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Easter Eggers can have beards and muffs and nice long tails as do Salmon Faverolles.
     
  3. Shaffer

    Shaffer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As far as an APA or ABA standard there is no other tufted variety in the SOP's. There were or are some other breeds like the Siberian Tufted Fowl, and the south american version which are probably the ancestors of today's arauacanas the "Quetro"(also known as "Gallus Inauris"). There may be a few others. If you are thinking about getting them accepted by either Association it is a very difficult task. There is a procedure that has to be done. You will need a good number of individual exhibitors to accomplish it.
     
  4. alibra

    alibra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much! I'm more interested in having cute tufted birds in my yard. :)
     
  5. ladycat

    ladycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    I guess things have changed over the years.

    Back in the 1970's, I got some araucanas from breeders who were trying to combine the tufted with the rumpless. What was going around, and what I had, were tufted tailed, tufted rumpless, and non-tufted rumpless.

    It was a difficult project I eventually gave up on, because tufted is a lethal gene, and rumpless birds have difficulty mating, so it was very hard to get the tufted rumpless chicks. You could set a dozen eggs and get 2 or 3 to hatch, and if you were really lucky, you MIGHT get a tufted rumpless.

    But I always thought the tailed tufted were really pretty. I don't know if those are still around.
     
  6. ladycat

    ladycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Those have beards and muffs, but not tufts. [​IMG]
     
  7. Shaffer

    Shaffer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is when I had them and on and off over the last 40 years. Yes, they are very difficult and don't understand why only the tufted rumpless was only accepted to the SOP's but that is what was able to be accepted. I am lucky to get 5 out of 100 chicks that are rumpless tufted and then hope they meet the SOP for color. It was very difficult to get birds that were correct color over the last 30 years but today there are a good number of breeders that have been breeding the correct colors instead of letting them run loose with all the colors together. This is one of the most difficult breeds to breed true.
     
  8. lookyhereboy

    lookyhereboy Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to this breed. I just took two from a friend because they were destroying his new landscaping. My backyard has just expanded to 40 acres so I will be increasing my chicken numbers greatly as well as getting roosters to breed my own. My only experience so far has been with leghorns which are great. But with these two new girls I need to know what tufted and rumpless mean. I am assuming rumpless means no tail feathers but am not sure. I do have one with tail feathers and one without. Thanks for any input.
     
  9. Georgia Boy 1970

    Georgia Boy 1970 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know this is an old thread.But hoping someone can help me or have experience with tufted birds.I have a very unique mixed flock.I want to add the tufted gene to my flock.Don't want rumpless birds.I would like to have tufted and bearded bird.I have a tailed double tufted hen that I bought recently.She will be my source for the tufted gene,I have her with a tolbunt polish rooster that is bearded.Will she produce tufted and bearded birds from this mating?Would like to hear from someone who knows about the tufted gene and pictures would be great.
     
  10. Old Rando

    Old Rando Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She can. The tufted gene will work the same with the addition of the bearded gene. You have a fifty percent chance of any chick being tufted. In Europe the Araucana standard requires them to be both tufted and bearded. Here is a photo of a bearded and tufted Araucana from Belgium from Feathersite.com[​IMG]
     
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