“My objective is to maintain and make available birds from this strain of line bred, “Tail-less, Tufted Araucana Chickens” brought together in 1973 from strains known for egg quality, body types, and good natural instincts.
Continuing forward with focus on Quality bird health while predominantly producing Blue eggs.”( :>) Edd Sheppard
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Things are going great. The birds are doing fine and many options are still available regarding these fine birds. I have not sold or decreased the the size of my hatchery. Because of that, all birds, eggs and chick sales are my choice keeping large scale options open. I expect the majority of interest to be in receiving “Hatching Eggs” or “Started Chicks”, I am getting prepared for that.
There is a need for partial tailed birds and even fully tailed “Ketro” types to keep these chickens balanced and not as prone to the missing anatomy syndromes of having all tail-less chickens in the flock. I have always had and I provide a small percentage of tailed or partial tailed chicks. I still only have two Strains of Araucana Types: #1) My 45 year strain of Ketros and Kollonkas producing Araucana Types that take 8 months to 1 year to maturity giving one generation per year and #2) a Black feathered “Hybrid Show Strain” of Araucana types that I have offered for the last 5 years. Each strain is different and each has predictable values. This black hybrid Araucana strain matures at 5 months as commercial hybrid European chicken strains do, giving 2 generations per year and possible year round egg production. Please know that all of my strain is related and all of the Black feathered birds are related BUT, I do not cross-breed the two strains here, they remain unrelated. Each strain is pure to itself. This offers many personal options and goals for customers. Also, Hatching eggs will be from this mix of chicken feather colors for easy heredity calculations.
Hatching egg results have been established without much variation and shipping trauma takes an unpredictable toll. My strain has a 10% to 25% hatch rate and nearer the 10% on shipped eggs(A jungle Fowl trait). Always 50% of the eggs candle as infertile at one week here. The Black Hybrid Show strain have a much higher fertility rate, I cannot seem to change that and do not trim vent feathers. Hatching eggs are still the best way to get birds to remote places.
I look for ward to helping those that I can. Best Regards. Good Luck. ( :>)