This week we’ll be taking a look at the Araucana.
The Araucana is a rumpless (no tail) breed from South America. It’s considered a heavy breed. They lay blue eggs.
The Livestock Conservancy lists them as under study. This breed is hard to find and is often confused with the Ameraucana and Easter Eggers.
One of their most noteworthy features are the feathers that curve around their head, called eartufts.
This breed lacks the prominent tail feathers most breeds have.
I have no experience with this breed, but I’ve learned how to pick out real Araucanas by their traits.
It should be noted that Araucanas’ eartufts are a fatal gene. About half to less than half a clutch of eggs survive to hatch.