Chicken Breed of the Week - Araucana

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 08 January 2019

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Hello chicken keepers,

I have a coop-fession to make. I am a chook nerd. I am flappin’ fascinated by chicken breeds and the wildly diverse range of plumage and personalities that chooks can posses. You too? Egg-cellent, you’re in the right place! Each week I will shine the coop light on a different chook for us to coo over. Let’s have a cluck about the debonair and dashing Araucana chicken breed!

araucana chicken breed

The Araucana Chicken Breed

Araucanas are a charming chicken breed originating from South America. In fact they are the only chook breed that is thought to have originated from that continent! Araucana chickens are defined by their ability to lay blue eggs - a rarity in the chicken world - and their distinct physical features. They can sport face tufts that resemble a dandy gentleman’s moustache and, in some rare strains, a rumpless body. There is a European strain of Araucana chicken that displays a beard, muff and tail feathers while still laying their trademark blue eggs. The Araucana chicken breed is active, alert and hardy and they make an entertaining and adventurous backyard bird.  

araucana chicken breed features

Learn more about the Araucana chicken breed with our handy dandy guides and articles:

The Araucana Chicken Breed Profile

5 Reasons to Love Araucana Chickens

Keep on cluckin’ about chicken breeds with our Top 20 Chicken Breeds for Your Backyard Coop here. Or if you know what you want, have a peck at our suggested breeder list. After some more cheeky chook action? Of course you are! Join the flock on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

Feathers Forever,

Kassandra X

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