I have 2 Lavender Araucana chickens! They're the ones that lay the blue/green eggs. Last year I got some fertile eggs and hatched them but every single one turned out to be a boy. That's where King Bertie came from. I've been on the lookout for some, but they seem to be a bit tricky to find. Finally, I found some on Trademe. The advert said Whangarei, but in actual fact they were right down at the Brynderwyns. Which will mean nothing to most of you that read this, but suffice to say it's a round trip of 5 hours - if you include lunch, chicken pickup and a quick pit-stop at Spotlight for a fabric treat! Thankfully Lloyd is a lovely husband who totally gets my chicken addiction and offered to drive. It's a gorgeous day anyway, so it wasn't really much of a hardship. It also meant we could stop off in Waipu, one of my favourite wee villages and have lunch at the brill wee cafe there.
I picked up my new girls, from a lovely couple, and they're now happily chowing down on some treats in their new house. (That'll be the chickens, not the lovely couple, chowing down.)
I'll keep them there for a few days so my lot can get used to having them around and then let them out, hopefully this will mean there's not too much fighting.
The Araucana originated in Chile, so we've named ours Consuela and Conchita. ( how totally original - not!!) It'll be a while till I get some blue eggs, but hopefully they'll finish their moult soon and lay some nice eggs!