Araucana chickens, chicks and eggs

The Araucana is a chicken breed that originates from Chile and is named after the Araucanía region of the country. It's known for its unique features and distinctive egg color.

Araucanas are most famous for their ability to lay blue eggs, which is a rare trait among chicken breeds. The blue color permeates through the shell, unlike the brown pigmentation in other breeds' eggs, which is only on the surface.

In terms of physical characteristics, the Araucana has several unusual features. One distinctive characteristic is their ear tufts, which are feathers that grow from a slender, fleshy flap just below the ear. The feathers are often long and curl away from the face. This trait is unique to the Araucana among all chicken breeds. However, not all Araucanas will have tufts, and the gene that causes them is lethal when inherited from both parents, which can make breeding challenging.

Another notable feature of Araucanas is that they are rumpless, meaning they lack a tail and a tailbone. Instead, their backline slopes downwards towards the rear, giving them a unique profile.

In terms of size, Araucanas are usually medium-sized birds. The hens are good layers, and while they are known for their blue eggs, the number of eggs they lay can vary. On average, you might expect around 150-200 eggs per year, but this can depend on individual health, diet, and living conditions.

Araucanas are generally known to be active and friendly birds. They are often described as having a lively but not overly aggressive temperament. They can be a bit more flighty and independent than some other breeds, but they are also known to be hardy and adaptable to various climates.

As always, for more specific or up-to-date information, I recommend consulting one of our sellers, local breeders or poultry guides.

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