Araucana ChickensAugust 18th, 2010 at 14:50
Araucana Chickens | The ‘Blue Egg’ Layers
Araucana Chickens, Appearance & Background
Two types of Araucana Chickens are commonly found in most countries today, the tailed and rumpless. The rumpless breed is more typical of the original strain, first kept by the Arauca Indians of Chile many years ago. It is sometimes thought the Araucana is a hybrid of the Collonca, a rumpless breed which produces blue eggs, and the tufted Quetro.
A futher feature of Araucana Chickens is the tufts of feathers sticking out from the ears, known as ear-tufts or ear-rings. These ear-tufts ideally should slant backwards.
The breed has been cross-bred with many others and in the USA they have helped produce such varieties as Ameracauna Chickens and the Easter Egg Chicken. These hybrids produce eggs of many different colours.
The tailed variety usually has head crests and beards. But both types should have a pea comb that is irregular in shape.
Araucanas have quite a range of colour varieties, the most popular being lavender, but you’ll also find; partridge; silver blue; fawn; cuckoo; white; black and yellow partridge.
Caring For Your Araucanas.
They are a particular hardy breed and require just a little maintenance. Their legs are not fluffy so in wet conditions they are less likely to pick up infections.
Their feathers are a soft type and well insulated which helps keep the cold out in winter. Also their soft combs are very much reduced which will minimise the likelihood of frostbite or cuts and abrasion damage.
Araucanas are generally easier to tame than many other breeds, and will happily feed out of your hand while sitting in your lap. After a short time, they will recognise individual members of your family, and will express themselves by clucking, wing flapping and gentle cooing depending on how they feel. They’ll make great pet chickens.
If you are wanting good blue egg layers be careful about where you get birds as the high demand for araucanas in the past few years has led to the decline in the breed and a lot of layers are not unfortunately producing the blue eggs.
So how to get some genuine pure bred Araucanas? Well I’d suggest contacting breeders and getting blue fertilised eggs, that way you know they are from blue egg parents, you may end up with a few cockerels this way but you’ll know the strain is good.
Araucanas will not be the most productive layers, aim to get about 130 – 160 eggs ayear from a good layer, but they will be the sought after blue eggs.
Feeding Araucana Chickens & Chicks
Good quality pellets, which are composed of a carefully balanced blend of grit, milled mixed flours, vitamins, minerals and fats. The composition can vary depending on the use of the feed.
Give young chicks a crumbed pellet, known as chick crumb, which has a much higher protein level. Layers, need a high level of calcium for shell production.
Araucana Chickens Are A lovely Friendly Bird That Will Give You A Good Supply Of Beautiful Blue Eggs…
Here’s a flock of rumpless Araucanas scratching around..
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