Ameraucana

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Pros: Gerogeous birds, Lay beautiful eggs, I love to show them, Friendly

Cons: None that I can think of

Ameraucanas are georgeous birds. My favorite variety are the blue, but i love them all (white, black, buff, wheaten, blue wheaten, brown red, silver and the un accepted colors too lavender and splash). The blue eggs they lay are so pretty too. Personally Ameraucanas are my favorite breed. The first chicken I ever had was an ameruacana. I love to show them. All of mine are docile, really cold hardy, friendly, and I have realized other people have said that they pick on their other brds, but I have never had that problem with them. Also it seems like a lot of people say theirs are skitish, maybe I have been lucky but all mine are as friendly as could be. And speaking of cold hardy, I live in Indiana and the weather is so umperdictable, it get really cold and reallly warm. They do really well during the winter (I have never had one get to cold and die or anything like that). And as long as they had a shady place to relax they were good when it got really warm at. I think Ameraucanas are awesome birds and would make an awesome addition to your flock.

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Pros: no freeze comb, lay all winter, calm, gentle, varied personalities, good for free range or confined environments

Cons: none that i have found

I have raised over 100 of these birds, all colors, chicks grow quickly, good body for small roaster up to five months, once they mature and start laying seem to trim down , to breeding weight. Consistent layers, mine laid through molt and the winter months. Good broodys, mothers, dedicated, good social interaction. Interesting crosses, carrying the pea comb dominantly with all crosses, lakenvelder, buff orpington, barred rock, and crosses very hardy. Excellent in either free range or confined coop, very friendly, love attention and lap! Great foragers and feed conversion. Just a wonderful all around breed. I imagine if you don't have much contact with them they could be wild, but that has not been my experience!
I just had to add, the chicks are high in the cute factor! Their faces appear to smile, like they have an amusing secret, and they are plotting hysterical mischief (they are you know!), and quite satisfied with themselves! If you want a bird that will be a pet, a producer, producing lovely blue green eggs, or a colorful personality, to adorn your yard or barnyard, you couldnt go wrong with these beautiful and versatile birds!

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Pros: mostly gentle

Cons: love to escape and don't lay many eggs

My first Ameraucana was very tame and would come into the house to visit. She didn't think she was a chicken and would not lay eggs with the other birds. Years later I now have 7 hens and 2 roosters. The two roosters are brothers but totally different in temperament and color. The splash roo is very friendly and will follow you around. I've had to keep him separate from the rest because his brother was picking on him. Recently I acquired some chicks and he's enamored with them and stays right by the cage I have them in. The brown roo is aggressive but has never attacked me till a couple days ago. I know he's just looking after his hens when he does that though. I just don't back down and let him know I won't put up with it. Let's say we respect each other. LOL

 

They don't lay many eggs though. Most of my last birds would lay just about every day but these surely don't. Out of 7 hens I only get about 4-5 eggs a day. That's not very efficient and that is why I bought some more chickens that aren't the same breed. They aren't a year old yet and one has gone broody. I am going to allow her to sit 5 eggs and I'm hoping some turn out white like she is. However, the other chickens have stopped laying! I am feeding all these chickens and not getting breakfast so I'm not too happy right now. I'm going to try a few things to encourage the others to lay again.

 

All in all, I do love the color of the eggs. I like how they stay in the yard when I let them out to run around. I like their personalities. I like it that my neighbors hate my roosters crowing. The more aggressive rooster crows constantly, all day long. The other one rarely crows at all.

 

 

 

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Pros: Nice big blue eggs

Cons: skiddish at a young age

I have both hard feathered and silkied feather and love the way they look, chatter, and lay beautiful eggs. I will be working on a Chocolate AM that I got from a very reputable breeder. Everyone should have at least one. My flock of AM's consists of Wheaten, Black, Blue hard feathered and Black, Blue and Splash silkied feathered. 

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Pros: Beautiful colored eggs!

Cons: very skittish - even when hand raised

I have had 3 Ameracanas and they have all been rather skittish - however, my most recent one is not nice at all!

As a matter of fact, her main goal is to walk around and PECK any other hen that she sees.  All 9 of the other girls

avoid her at all costs!  Yikes.  I'm trying to decide how to handle her meanness - I have watched her pluck a feather

out of another hen and then EAT it!  :/ I've raised my hens from one day old chicks and handled them all every day so

there is no reason for her to not be used to people, etc.  My Buff Orpingtons will walk over and wait for me to pick them up.

But, I do love to see those blue eggs in the basket!  

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Ameraucanas are wonderful chickens!! They lay beautiful blue/green eggs! They are also timid with other chickens but some individuals are bold and can be mean to 

  other chickens!! They still do ok with different types of chickens!!

This breed comes in a variety of colors and are sweet when petted!!

I recommend this breed!!

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Pros: Sweet and kind very good layer

Cons: If you are selling the eggs some people are uncomfortable about the color.

I love these birds there colored eggs are so neat and they love the be pet.

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Pros: Gentle birds. Colored eggs unuique. So calm children hold them. People marvel at the beards.

Cons: Not very friendly somtimes. Some of them need thier beard needs trimmed if they want to see.

I have five Ameraucuanas. All but one have beards. They are consistant layers,and calmly sit still when held. They have nice builds,being light and petite,yet have some meat. I have heard that thier meat taste like game,but mine are pets and will not be eaten. I have a hen that gives lots of double yolkers. I hope this review helps.

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Pros: Great laying breed my coustomers like the blue and green eggs

Cons: Nothing negative about them

On my chicken farm I have Americans in my flock the reason why because they are a laying breed that's what I have on farm

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Pros: Great layers, good attitude, large eggs, hardy size makes them good for butchering once laying stops

Cons: Harder to breed (I've only tried incubation, not very broody

I love Ameraucanas. They're one of the prettiest and most unique breeds around.

Ameraucana
Description:

The Ameraucana was developed in the 70's by a few people who were trying to standardize the Araucana breed. The Ameraucana is easier to breed as there are no complications due to lethal genes. A very detailed history of the Ameraucana can be read at the Ameraucana Breeders Club website. Besides the above color requirements the following are some of the traits Ameraucanas should possess: {eyes - bay (reddish brown)} {shanks & feet - slate (blue grey) black accepted on black birds, bottoms of feet white} {ear lobes - red, pale on females (no white)} {comb - pea} {wattles - very small, absent} {skin - white} {toes - four} {muffs & beard - forming three separate lobes, absence is a DQ} {egg color - blue, minty green} {cock weight - 6.5 lbs/cockerel - 5.5 lbs} {hen weight - 5.5 lbs/pullet - 4.5 lbs} {full breast, medium back, and tail carried at 45 degrees above horizontal} {the bird must breed true to color}

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeDual Purpose
CombPea
BroodinessAverage
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorBlue/Green
Breed TemperamentAggressive, Friendly, Flighty, Easily handled, Calm, Bears confinement well, Quiet, Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesBlack, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten, and White. Colors being worked on include Lavender, Splash, Splash Wheaten, Mottled, Salmon, Red Pyle and Black Gold.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA Class
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

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Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Pea
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: Blueish Green or Blue

Breed Temperament:

Aggressive,Friendly,Flighty,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver Duckwing, Wheaten and White. Colors being worked on include Lavender, Splash, Splash Wheaten, Mottled, Salmon, Red Pyle and Black Gold.

Breed Details:

I have been breeding for several years and have found them to be anywhere on the spectrum from personable, to shy and always entertaining. The best layers are the black and blue varieties. The most personable are the wheatens and blue wheatens. Whites and buffs are very easy going. Silvers, along with black and blue can be flighty. I have found that if you raise the more flighty birds in a large brooder or in smaller numbers it tends to make them more receptive to humans. The blue, black, wheaten and blue wheaten varieties, in my opinion have the nicest egg color. They are good layers and do not drop off in production sharply after their second year like many other breeds.

 

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