Araucana Chicken

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Willem Hoekstra

Other common names: South American Rumpless

The basics:
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

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Araucana Chicken

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