Araucana chicken was originally bred by Dr. Rueben
Bustos, a poultry
expert in Chile. Through years of selective breeding, and by
crossing two types of Chilean 'land-race' fowl, the Collonca and the
Quetro, Dr. Bustos developed the first 'Collonca de Artes' . .
. the breed that in North America, we now refer to as the Araucana.
The Araucana was approved as a recognized breed by
the American Poultry
Association in 1977. Dr. Bustos wrote about his birds in 1914, but the
worldwide interest in the special traits of the Araucana can be directly
attributed to an article which the National Geographic Magazine
published in April 1927.
The Ameraucana and the
'easter egger' are
tailed chickens that lay blue or green eggs but they are not Araucana. Easter
egger is a term used to refer
to a chicken of mixed or unknown background, usually sold by hatcheries
and feed stores under the name Araucana or Ameraucana to hobbyists who
are not aware of the difference. There are a number of important
breed type differences between the Araucana and the Ameraucana breeds with the only
commonality being that they both have pea combs and lay blue or
blue/green eggs. The APA
Araucana breed standard calls for a tufted,
rumpless, pea combed,
'blue' egg laying
bird. All SkyBlueEgg Araucana are bred toward the APA Standard of
My Araucana are genetically diverse.
breeding stock and/or hatching eggs have been acquired from most known
Araucana breeders over the years. My goal is to raise outstanding show quality Araucana,
but I own no perfect birds, and I have never seen a perfect Araucana. I
breed primarily large fowl Araucana and the APA Standard of Perfection sets the
goals we are all to breed towards. Most of my breeding birds are tufted.
hatchability, and correct color, as well as health, vigor, and breed type in adult birds and chicks
are all primary objectives here at SkyBlueEgg . . . Ann Charles
Member: American Poultry
Association, American Bantam
Breeders & Exhibitors Club
in The Araucana (first
in 2012 APA Yearbook)
Breed Type (first
in 2014 APA Yearbook)
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