Chicken Breed of the Week - Araucana

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 18 July 2020

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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!

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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.  

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From awesome Araucanas to sassy Silkies, there are so many breeds that may flutter your fancy! It can be eggstremely overwhelming to find the perfect fit for your family. From looks, to traits to egg-laying talents - where should you begin?

Cluckily, our friends over at Chickenpedia have created an amazing Chicken Breeds Course. This extensive online course shares useful advice on choosing the right chickens for you as well as size & frequency of eggs laid. You will even learn about their individual personalities, and be able to use their family-friendly compatibility scale through this well-structured program. It really is a great way to find your perfect backyard buddies which is why I highly recommend them to all of my readers!  The courses are beginner-friendly and filled with vital information to help you raise a happy, healthy flock.

As chicken keepers, we want to do an eggcellent job when caring for our feathered friends. Unfortunately, many of us struggle to handle chicken health or behaviour issues, especially in the first few years of having a flock. Chickenpedia have a full range of comprehensive online courses that cover everything you didn’t know you need to know and then some more! From healthcare to raising baby chicks to feeding and behavior, get the knowledge and confidence to successfully look after your chickens like an eggspert!

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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