|Aracuana Rooster (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)|
When crossed with other breeds the Araucana offspring will lay blue eggs, this is where the development or the Ameraucana came from as the Araucana have a genetically lethal allele combination that results in the death of some chicks. The aim of developing the Ameraucana was to standardise the laying of a blue egg laying breed and to remove the genetic flaw.
Araucana Chicken Breed Facts
Standard, All Other Standard Breeds.
Bantam, All Other Combs, Clean Legged.
Standard Cock: 5 lb. (2.25 kg)
Standard Hen: 4 lb. (1.8 kg)
Bantam Cock: 26 oz. (740 g)
Bantam Hen: 24 oz. (680 g)
Comb, Wattles & Earlobes
Small pea comb; wattles are very small or absent; earlobes are very small and smooth and covered by an ear tuft. All are bright red.
Entirely absent; saddle feathers flow over the rump.
Black. Black beak, shanks, and toes; brown eyes; standard black plumage.
Black-Breast Red. Hornbeak; reddish bay eyes; greyish yellow shanks and toes. Male: Head, hackle, and saddle are reddish chestnut changing to gold at lower extremities. Front of neck and breast are lustrous black. Tail and wings are black with reddish bay highlights. Under colour is slate. Female: Head and hackle are reddish chestnuts against a cinnamon brown body. Tails and wings have some black. Under colour is slate to light cinnamon.
Blue. Standard blue plumage
Buff. Standard buff plumage.
Golden Duckwing. Hornbeak; red eyes; willow shanks and toes. Standard golden duckwing plumage.
Silver. Standard silver plumage.
Silver Duckwing. Hornbeak; red eyes; willow shanks and toes. Standard silver duckwing plumage.
White. Yellow beak, shanks, and toes; red eyes. Standard white plumage.
Place of Origin
Lays blue to bluish green eggs. Has a lethal allele combination; some chicks die during incubation.
The Araucana was first admitted to the American Poultry Association (APA) in 1976.