Breeding Araucana Bantams
The Araucana Bantams originated in Chile. Often confused for its cousin the Easter egger, the Araucana was originally bred by Native American Arauca Indians, giving them an interesting history, and making them widely known in the US as the South American Rump less. Finally introduced 300 years later to Europe, we didn’t see this variety until the early 1900’s.
The Araucana Bantams has such a reduced comb that it is barely noticeable at all, however their ear tufts are prominent, whilst some come with beards and muffs. As the American name suggests, they have one last vertebrae missing making them rumples. Their striking blue eggs allow breeders to recognise them and distinguish them from other breeds of the same family.
The Araucanas make great mothers, one of the more broody of the bunch they will easily breed and produce offspring. They also grow very fast and despite their size are very tough birds indeed. They are very placid and docile though and don’t mind being kept in confinement, which makes them a great pet.
The Araucana is set apart from others as it produces the most beautiful blue eggs. Easily producing enough for family requirements, they are very productive layers. However they do only lay in spring or summer so be sure to make the most of this period. Their eggs can range in colour from turquoise to violet.
The colours vary with these birds, however most popular ones are:
They really are a pleasing addition to any paddock!
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