Other common names: South American Rumpless
The Araucana chicken is believed to have been created by the Araucanian Indians of Chile, who crossbred tufted and rumpless chickens to create the Araucana. There are two main types of Araucana; the American and United Kingdom. The American Araucana is rumpless and sport tufts on its cheeks. The United Kingdom Araucana has a tail, a small crest, and lacks tufts. Both varieties, are friendly and good layers of blue eggs.
Types: Bantam and Largefowl
Varieties (Pea Comb): Black, Black Breasted Red, Gold Duckwing, Silver Duckwing, White
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Bantam: 1.5 - 2 lb
Largefowl: 4 - 5 lb
Personality: Easy going and adaptable
Broody: Yes, excellent mother
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Blue
Egg size: Large
What else you should know:
Like most rumpless fowl, the Araucana can have difficulties mating, and this can compromise fertility. The Araucana's tufts also create an issue, as tufts are a lethal gene if it is on both of the bird's chromosomes (homozygous). Because of this, many breeders breed tufted fowl to clean faced fowl, or breed tufted to tufted with the knowledge that 25% of the chicks will die in their shell.
Many writers claim the Araucana's blue eggs are lower in cholesterol. This is a myth, and a marketing tactic that was once used by commercial egg producers. The nutritional value of an egg is completely dependent on how fresh it is, as well as what the parenting bird has consumed.
free range environment, attractive attributes, large blue eggs, tuft feathers, smart little chicken
smaller stature, lovehate affair, finicky eaters
deeper coloured yolk, conversation piece, double tufts, Bantam size
The Queen of the Coop
Out of my 7 chickens, my Araucana hen AKA Queenie has the biggest adventure spirit. We didn't clip the wings of our birds, and without a cover over their outdoor coop area Queenie flies out of her fenced in area and into our large fenced in yard daily. With no real daily danger to them in our yard during the day, I don't mind when one or two fly out of the coop to help me weed the yard and keep spiders away. Just today I was out putting them away and couldn't find Queenie for the longest time until I found her nesting under a Raspberry vine! After she left I found three beautiful green eggs, I guess she doesn't like the nesting boxes we provided her! This chicken rules the coop, does what she wants and seems to be able to find the best places to dust, soak up the sun and forage for goodies in the weeds. She is kind to my small dog and will gladly let you pick her up and pet her really soft feathers. After having a few Araucana hens growing up, I am very happy with my Queenie..
From crstigen Jan 20 2017 2:38AM
Necessary for Flock Health
Providing adequate space for all flock members is necessary for maintaining flock health. When chickens don't have enough space disease can spread rapidly and the flock can become ill and die. It is recommended to have a minimum of four square feet of space for each chicken in a coop. .
From Mia B 66 days ago
My Araucanas Loved to Lay Blue Eggs
Chickens, in general are fun. And chickens that lay blue eggs can be quite a novelty. Despite their attractive eggs, though, I had a love/hate affair with my Araucana hens.
In general, they were great backyard chickens, with some necessary traits, such as being heat tolerant. They were not, however, as docile as promised. The Araucanas are not necessarily wild, but they are prone to being hysterical at times, and always seemed nervous.
As far as their egg laying capacity they were reasonably prolific. They were also not broody. I preferred broody hens, but those who want hens that lay eggs consistently will appreciate that the Araucana would rather lay egg than set eggs.
My hens had two bad habits as far as egg laying was concerned though: they would lay eggs anywhere they were standing (even in a tree) and they would peck at their eggs. So, even though the laid eggs daily, many were damaged or well-hidden. They did much better in a coop than free range, because they were forced to lay their eggs in next boxes or in corners.
Besides their quirkiness regarding egg laying, the Araucanas had many good qualities. They were exceptionally hardy, socialized well with other breeds, and were excellent foragers. I did have to keep them separated from the Rhode Island Reds, however, because the Araucanas don't have much in the way of tails, it seemed to tempt the Reds to peck at their bare bottoms too much..
From JKinsey Feb 23 2014 5:34PM