Whilst there has been a great deal of
interest in Australia for the Araucana, not much is commonly known about
this unusual breed. The thing that sets the Araucana apart from most other
breeds of poultry is the fact that it lays Blue eggs! The Araucana
is the only breed that naturally lays these uniquely coloured eggs.
We have found that depending on the
colour of the bird, you will get varying colours in the egg shell. From a
beautiful sky blue from the lavender variety to green from the black Araucana &
olive green from the partridge. And no, do not fear, the yolks
are not green! They are still yellow the same as any other chicken.
The original Araucana comes
from South America around Peru, Chile & Bolivia. They were rumpless
(did not even have the parsons nose!)
& tufted. The ear tuft's were also amazing in that they sometimes
would grow rearwards & form a ring around the birds head. The Araucana we now
have, commonly has muffs, crests & tufts. In Australia
the Araucana is not rumpless, however does have the tufts, crests and muffs.
The Araucana we have today
notably also known as the "Easter Egg
Chicken" due to the fact that they have
lost a lot of the features of the original breed except the egg colouring and
ear tufts. Our
experience has shown that some will be broody with very good mothering
abilities, whilst others are not at all interested.
They are very good layers
and will normally be one of the first to begin laying in the new season after
moulting & are very hardy and fertile.
The British standards
recognise the following colours: Black, Blue, Lavender, White, Black/Red,
Pile, Silver & Gold Duckwing. The Araucana also requires that it has
no wattles and has a pea comb. It is believed that there is a direct link between the pea comb and the
blue egg laying ability.
The Standard calls for a compact crest, thick muffling & ear tufts on a small
head, with the complete absence of wattles. The legs should be strong, set
well apart &
be free from feathering,
whilst being a willow to olive or slate colour.