Araucanas are a rare breed of chicken originally from Chile that lay blue/green eggs, with the colour permeating throughout the shell. They have head feathers that look like earmuffs.
They were first imported into the United States in the early 1930’s. A variety of them are rumpless and have tufts of feathers protruding from each side of the neck.
The characteristic for blue egg colour is dominant and will occur in the offspring when this fowl is crossed with another breed of domestic chickens. Hence, cross-breeds which lay blue or tinted eggs are often mistaken for Araucanas.
Araucanas cannot be sexed accurately before about 14 weeks. Whilst we will do our best below this age, no guarantees can be given.
Black birds are the most prolific layers and produce the best-coloured eggs. Bred primarily for its novel charcteristic of blue eggs. The Araucana is, nevertheless, a dual-purpose fowl that carries a plump, well-fleshed carcass. The hens are good layers of medium-sized eggs.