Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred animal myself
Missouri, United States
Posted Feb 01, 2011
A nice little bantam with many attractive attributes to include tufts, colored eggs and a inquisitive personality.
A joy to raise and very friendly if reared with a lot of attention. I have seen that the Araucanas can be rather bossy and roosters think they are 10x bigger than their actual size. Hens egg production is medium to low and they do go broody.
Two things I have noticed about this breed that needs to be addressed is hens can easily get egg bound and breeding for tufts has a slim success rate when hatching chicks. I believe the hens are prone to getting egg bound because of the shape of their body and the fact that they lay a medium sized egg, which seems nearly impossible to come from their small bodies. The "lethal gene" refers breeding this breed for tufts, mortality is high because the tuft feathers will puncture into the throat of the developing chick before hatching.
They are very inquisitive and like to be on the move. I also find they will eat just about anything, which is great for recycling table or garden scraps.