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 Post subject: Araucana rooster
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:00 pm 
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Are all Araucana roosters nasty or are there some docile strains out there ??


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 Post subject: Re: Araucana rooster
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Mine were all nasty pieces of work. Rid of them now thank goodness. There must be a few nice ones out there but I never found one.

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 Post subject: Re: Araucana rooster
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Absolutely ditto to what Erica says! The ones I had were not nice and I got rid of them all and concentrated on other breeds! The girls I found to be nice, if a bit flighty and standoffish though.

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 Post subject: Re: Araucana rooster
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I have one who has to be top dog in the Batch Patch - and takes no prisoners if the others don't co operate, (he is not aggressive to people) but my other 3 are all very nice - to me and any one else (grand kids can go safely into their pen with the hens) and fine with the other roos so long as they don't make a move on their hens when everyone is free ranging together.
I've had standard Araucanas for about 15 years and never an aggressive roo.


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 Post subject: Re: Araucana rooster
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Must be a different line to what I had then! I'm glad they are not all nasty!

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 Post subject: Re: Araucana rooster
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I might have to settle for Easter Eggers .. This rooster has attacked everyone ..
The grad kid's are terrified. ..
Would a RIR cross calm them down ??


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 Post subject: Re: Araucana rooster
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How much of temperament is inherited I dont know.

Do some chickens have mental health issues that make them unstable?

If you did the cross with a white egg laying breed would you preserve the blue egg colour?


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 Post subject: Re: Araucana rooster
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Blue/Green egg shell colour is dominant over white.

http://www.maranschickenclubusa.com/files/eggreview.pdf

Do you want Araucanas or crossbreeds?

Can post eggs from my Standard Aracaunas next season - you might hatch some more placid birds


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 Post subject: Re: Araucana rooster
PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:36 pm 
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Thank you Sue55
I would much rather breed purebreds and would be happy to buy some eggs from you when available. ....
Which colours do you breed (happy with any colour)
The aggression was my only concern ..... The kids will be happy ....


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Hi spottedram - My focus with the Araucanas is to breed type to standard and select for egg colour. There are so many colours - 5 listed in the Standards plus "any Old English Game colour"(more than 50!) that I don't even try to get my head around what colours happen. I try to use roosters with phenotype Lavender, White, Black and Blue but don't know what they carry. Hens are selected by type and 'prettiness'.- so if you wanted to breed seriously I would start you with a disaster. If that's OK, I'll let you know when I have a good supply of eggs.


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 Post subject: Re: Araucana rooster
PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:40 pm 
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Calm roosters, pretty hens and lovely blue eggs ....
What more could you ask for ....
Please let me know when available ....
Cheers Ernie ...


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I had a lavender aracauna roo that was friendly enough to people, but would squabble for pecking order, ninja my blr bantam wyandotte roo sorted him out for whose top dog..


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 Post subject: Re: Araucana rooster
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My Araucana roosters haven't shown up as nasty at all. More problems of attack from the rear with Pekin boys, and from the front at the face from Marans.

The not very extensive breeding I do is for egg colour, only happy with true blue, not the green-olive-khaki-cream tinged colours. Find my larger birds, standard size as Sue55 mentioned, are not reliable for egg colour. Okay probably some cross-breeding in my more original birds carrying down, don't know. But I have settled for smaller hens and roosters to breed on with, not bantam but not big birds, for assured blue egg-laying being passed on. Which means settling for smaller eggs, between bantam and standard.

I have two white roosters in a pen of mostly white hens plus some lavender and blue and black. They are both calm and very tolerant of one another, if I see any aggressive argy bargy I will separate into two pens.

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 Post subject: Re: Araucana rooster
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Some can be A-holes. I've had a couple of nasty ones(both were bought in), they lost their heads very quickly. All my others are quiet, the ones i have hatched will eat out of my hand and look after their girls really well. A couple i can walk up to and pick up and thy just sit there. It seems to be mainly how they are raised, however i don't breed from nasty ones. Temperament is a major culling point in my birds, if they are mad, they go.


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 Post subject: Re: Araucana rooster
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:29 pm 
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I don't think my araucana roos are pure araucanas but they are lovely. We had a white Sussex roo who was really nasty and every time the two araucana boys saw me go down to the chook yard they would accompany me and scare off the nasty roo and protect me. They are good fathers, too. I have seen them let the chicks sit on their heads, they will shelter them at night and will stick close to the mother and babies when they are out roaming. Love them. Yet to see what colour eggs their offspring will lay as they are between 5 and 15 weeks old now. Their offspring came from bluey-green eggs.


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