Breed Profile of the Week: Araucana

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.

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Photo by Robert Stephenson. Copied from feathersite.com

One of their most noteworthy features are the feathers that curve around their head, called eartufts.

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Photo by Robert Stephenson. Copied from feathersite.com

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.

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