Let's begin with the Rumpless Tufted Araucana. What a fascinating bird! They are a blue egg layer, can be tufted and are Rumpless meaning they do not have a tail or even the oil gland at the tail. Tufts are unique to the Araucana breed. Tufts are a group of feathers that grow from a flap of skin located near the ear. Tufts can be many shapes and sizes and they may only have a tuft on one side of the face and can have no tufts at all or "clean faced". A double tufted bird is an awesome sight. Double tufts are very difficult to obtain on the Rumpless Araucana. The Tufted gene is a lethal gene and will cause 25% of the chicks to die in the shell before they can hatch. Rumpless Araucana are also a difficult bird to breed, due to the lack of a tail, fertility is difficult to obtain.
Our Araucanas are good layers during the winter months but when it gets extremely hot outside the laying slows down. This breed will go broody even more so than the Amraucana.
Golden Duckwing Araucana Rooster
This breed is very shy and skittish here on the farm but I get totally different revues from our customers. I think it has to do with the fact this is a breeding farm verses a pet in the backyard. Our customers say they are the most friendly bird they have ever had. I always think they must be kidding. We aren't able to hand raise our birds with having so many and it makes a huge difference. Even those folks who have our roosters say they make the greatest pets.
The Ameraucana and the Rumpless Araucana are two of the most difficult birds on the farm to guess the sex on. Just when I think I have all of my hens separated into the breeding pens, one of my hens will begin to crow. Even at the age of 4 months they will have me scratching my head thinking are you a rooster or a hen?
What a great breed! Those robin egg blue colored eggs are amazing and a farm favorite.
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