Araucana Chickens

Originating in Chile the Araucana breed is characterised by tufts of feathers growing out on either side of the head like ‘mutton chops’. The Araucana has a Small pea comb, very small bright red wattles and ear lobes.

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Large Araucana, Female

Classification

Soft feather-light

Appearance

The Araucana comes in a variety of colours including black, white, lavender to blue-red.

The ancestors of the modern Araucana chicken were purportedly first bred by the Araucanian Indians of Chile – hence the name “Araucana”. The Araucana is a hybrid of two South American breeds: the Collonca (a naturally blue-egg laying, rumpless, clean-faced chicken) and the Quetro (a pinkish-brown egg layer that is tailed and has ear-tufts). The Collonca male and female are very similar, with very few secondary sexual characteristics like comb, wattles or tail coverts to distinguish them. The European equivalent of the North American show standard variety Araucana is what one comes across in South American villages. Quechua and Mapuche do not have tufts and resemble the Ameraucana.

Araucana Chickens

Dual purpose, free ranging chicken with laying capabilities as well as a large structure for meat production. Should have a normal physical structure and shape and free from any diseases or defects. A caramel/brown shade of feathers, with white feathers in a pattern around their necks, and white feathers at the tips of their tail feathers appearance. Feathers: Clean, bright, not puffed up. Legs: Normal and free from all diseases and defects.

Weight

Large Araucana

Cock2.7 – 3.2 Kg
Hen2.3 – 2.7 Kg

Bantam Variety Araucana

Rooster740  – 850 g
Hen680 – 790 g

Egg Colour

Blue or green

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