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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:56 pm 
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Hi,
I recently bought three Araucana crosses. Two have sold and I am keeping the last one as I think she is an absolute stunner! I was just wondering what she is crossed with. I bought her of Raylene who was told they were pure Araucana eggs so no luck finding out there. Does anyone else think she looks good or is it a case of a face only a mother can love???

For size comparison to OEG bantams
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Head close up (not very clear, sorry!)
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With one of her sisters for comparison
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Body shot
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:16 pm 
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well i have to agree with you on the colouring, she is gorgeous!
hmm, cant help with an idea of what she is crossed with tho...
does the sister in the shot also have the top knot? hard to see with her head on the side...


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No, she is the only one out of the three with 'the little hat on' as my daughter says.


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hmm well i am not an expert on Araucanas but my thoughts were that they should all have some sort of 'little hat' (certainly all mine have...) to which the sister doesnt have at all, so there must certainly be something mixed in...
lets hope someone with more experience comes along and rescues us!! :lol:


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one of the sisters has a single comb if that is any help


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:32 pm 
I'm a breed ignoramus but is it possible there's a tiny, tiny bit of silkie?
Whatever the case, I think she's just brilliant looking. Very smart! Like she dipped her head in molten copper.


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you should see her when the sun is on her, spectacular! It is really funny because when i got the three girls i was only planning on getting two but Raylene offered me this one for $5 (other were $10) as it didnt look like the others and looked kind of ugly, glad now i took her.


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my understanding is that araucana characteristics tend to be very dominant, so it is really hard to know what lies beneath. Certainly a good dose of araucana :wink: glad you like her.

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Sigrid , Araucana is the main makeup of this pullet (as Andy pointed out is fairly dominant over other breeds) .I wouldn't like to guess her parentage but as a guide egg colour should be blue for full blood . Egg colouring will go to greenish the more influence from other breeds ( particularly brown egg layers) The fact one of the others had a single comb and not all crested is an indication of a mix also. She is a bit lanky but should fill out as she gets older . Im sure she will lay coloured eggs, and I am guessing that is why you wanted her.
A lot of outcrosses have been done with Araucans using Belgiums, and OEG, mainly for colour variations ,and from memory Araucans in the Australian Poultry Standard are allowable in any of the game colours.


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She's an absolutely doll!! I'd be proud to have her as well. Quite a lucky blend, even though we're stumped to point out exactly what with.

If you can breed with her it would be interesting to see what her offspring would be like.


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Thats interesting about the game colours. being only new to the breed, i have only heard of black, lavender and white. Lavender being the easiest to get. God, there are alot of game colours out there. Could be a good little project for someone wanting to do a game colour araucana.


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