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So you understand what you are getting when you buy from us, I'd like to explain my breeding practices. It would seem that breeding only the best to the best would be how it's done. You can certainly do that but you have to accept the consequences, did I mention this is a rather difficult breed? Breeding tufted to tufted: Any chicks, could be up to 50%, that receive 2 genes (one from the rooster and one from the hen) for the tufts will die in the shell or soon after hatching, no exceptions. It's a lethal gene so there are no Araucana's that are homozygous for the tuft gene (meaning all their chicks will be tufted). A few of my pairings in a pen may be tufted to tufted but the majority is planned clean faced (no tufts at all and so does not carry the gene and cannot produce it unless bred to tufted) bred to a tufted. Tufted can be anything from a bit of one feather on one side to both sides and whopping big tufts. Any bit of tuft means they carry the gene, it's a dominant gene so that means if they have the gene and can pass it on, they must show it, or rather they must be tufted themselves. You can "usually" see the tufts on day old chicks once they fluff up, sometimes as soon as they hatch so they can be sorted and culled as babies if you desire.
Rumpless: I have noted that too much of anything can have poor results. I believe that Rumpless to Rumpless breeding is actually the best way to go. Rumpless is just the absence of a tail. You can feel a tail bump on a newly hatched chick and even rumpless to rumpless may produce a few tailed or partial tailed chicks. Over time, rumpless to rumpless can produce nearly 100% rumpless but there may be some with a shorter back than is good. They look chopped off at the rear, not the nice rounded contour that they should have. They can be more prone to poopy butt as chicks and adults and have more issues with mating naturally because of this shape. I do keep a couple of tailed hens and a couple with a few stray tail feathers but most of my flock is rumpless and I do not breed a tailed to a tailed. I like the chicks I'm getting and while the more correct Araucana's will bring the better prices, the faulted ones may certainly have value to a breed with such a small gene pool and are therefore useful in the breeding pen if bred properly.
All this means that my chicks are usually rumpless and clean faced, a fair number of tufted/rumpless but they are typically not for sale. but there may also be a few that are tailed and tufted or clean faced and tailed. The prices for these will be very individual. It takes a little longer to start with Araucana's that are not perfect but you'll get at least a few good chicks to get a small flock started that is pretty decent and you can build your own from there.
Please note when buying Araucana hatching eggs, shipped eggs are notoriously difficult and most do not hatch (mine are no different). You may have the better chances for the better chicks as they have not been picked through before sold but it's still a gamble. Buying chicks usually means straight run. They're hard to sex and most are 4 to 6 months before they are obvious. Buying more mature birds is often the most reliable way to get a good trio to start with and when you consider the cost, it's very close to the same as raising your own from eggs to find you didn't get a single chick with tufts....it happens.
If I haven't scared you away, and you really love these birds, you just may be ready for your own, send me an email with what you're looking for.
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