Having seen some in the summer, I had been pleased to get two Araucana hens a few weeks ago at a good price from a local auction. I knew they were not mature so I have been waiting patiently for them to start laying.
I got them for the blue eggs that Araucanas lay and for the look of them with their silvery blue/grey feathers, referred to as lavender.
Now that they are starting to mature (and still no blue eggs yet) I think one of them is starting to look more and more like a cockerel. Three problems with that: I can not a crowing in my garden. The cockerel will take up a place that could be used by an egg layer. And finally, it would fertilise the eggs of all my hens so I would not be able to eat them.
If is, it must go! If I don’t get any offers I will sell the cockerel, or both, at the auctions. Unless someone can reasure me that I am mistaken, that is. I suppose I could wait until the first crow.