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Hello! I know the pictures arent great. They wont hold still! I need help identifying if they are male/female. They are about 19 weeks old and i havent seen any eggs. Ive done my research and they say they dont lay until about 26 weeks old. Anyway! ny help identifying sex would be great! I Have 7 total

 

Thank You!

 

 

The first two0 I think theyre female?

 

 

 

One on its own

 

 

 

 

 

Group of 4

 

 

 

Better shot of the first two

 

Light brown one in the back

 

Group with the two black ones

 

 

Im not sure what to look for in Americaunas so any identification on any of them would be helpful.

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You have all pullets. In Ameraucanas, you want to watch out for tall bodies, lankiness, a thick red pea comb with three rows, a curved tail with sickles and saddle feathers beginning to grow at around 13-15 weeks, and "red patches of death" (mahogany or bright red feathers) coming out on the wing bows, as all are indications of a cockerel.

Your girls are all 100% female.
Edited by QueenMisha - 11/1/15 at 8:39am

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All of the birds pictured are pullets for sure.

 

However, they are actually Easter Eggers, not Ameraucanas. Ameraucanas are a pure breed with a certain set of characteristics, including blue slate legs and a recognized color pattern (only about 7 color patterns are recognized/showable). Unless you get birds from a show breeder, most "Ameraucanas" are actually Easter Eggers. Easter Eggers are lovely, colored egg laying birds that usually have some Ameraucana blood in them but aren't purebred and tend to lack the traits that define an Ameraucana (for example, yours do not fit a color standard). Most hatcheries sell Easter Eggers as Ameraucanas or "Americana/Araucanas", which results in confusion and many people getting a crossbreed instead of a purebreed. Easter Eggers are great birds but they are often mislabeled.

 

One of your birds looks almost just like my Easter Egger, Easter.:) This color pattern is very common in female Easter Eggers.

 


Edited by Wyandottes7 - 11/1/15 at 11:49am

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All of the birds pictured are pullets for sure.

However, they are actually Easter Eggers, not Ameraucanas. Ameraucanas are a pure breed with a certain set of characteristics, including blue slate legs and a recognized color pattern (only about 7 color patterns are recognized/showable). Unless you get birds from a show breeder, most "Ameraucanas" are actually Easter Eggers. Easter Eggers are lovely, colored egg laying birds that usually have some Ameraucana blood in them but aren't purebred and tend to lack the traits that define an Ameraucana (for example, yours do not fit a color standard). Most hatcheries sell Easter Eggers as Ameraucanas or "Americana/Araucanas", which results in confusion and many people getting a crossbreed instead of a purebreed. Easter Eggers are great birds but they are often mislabeled.

One of your birds looks almost just like my Easter Egger, Easter.smile.png  This color pattern is very common in female Easter Eggers.



Oh yeah, forgot to mention this. x2.

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Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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All of the birds pictured are pullets for sure.

 

However, they are actually Easter Eggers, not Ameraucanas. Ameraucanas are a pure breed with a certain set of characteristics, including blue slate legs and a recognized color pattern (only about 7 color patterns are recognized/showable). Unless you get birds from a show breeder, most "Ameraucanas" are actually Easter Eggers. Easter Eggers are lovely, colored egg laying birds that usually have some Ameraucana blood in them but aren't purebred and tend to lack the traits that define an Ameraucana (for example, yours do not fit a color standard). Most hatcheries sell Easter Eggers as Ameraucanas or "Americana/Araucanas", which results in confusion and many people getting a crossbreed instead of a purebreed. Easter Eggers are great birds but they are often mislabeled.

 

One of your birds looks almost just like my Easter Egger, Easter.:) This color pattern is very common in female Easter Eggers.

 


Agreed on all counts.

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Originally Posted by Wyandottes7 View Post
 

All of the birds pictured are pullets for sure.

 

However, they are actually Easter Eggers, not Ameraucanas. Ameraucanas are a pure breed with a certain set of characteristics, including blue slate legs and a recognized color pattern (only about 7 color patterns are recognized/showable). Unless you get birds from a show breeder, most "Ameraucanas" are actually Easter Eggers. Easter Eggers are lovely, colored egg laying birds that usually have some Ameraucana blood in them but aren't purebred and tend to lack the traits that define an Ameraucana (for example, yours do not fit a color standard). Most hatcheries sell Easter Eggers as Ameraucanas or "Americana/Araucanas", which results in confusion and many people getting a crossbreed instead of a purebreed. Easter Eggers are great birds but they are often mislabeled.

 

One of your birds looks almost just like my Easter Egger, Easter.:) This color pattern is very common in female Easter Eggers.

 

Agreed

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Wyandottes7 View Post
 

All of the birds pictured are pullets for sure.

 

However, they are actually Easter Eggers, not Ameraucanas. Ameraucanas are a pure breed with a certain set of characteristics, including blue slate legs and a recognized color pattern (only about 7 color patterns are recognized/showable). Unless you get birds from a show breeder, most "Ameraucanas" are actually Easter Eggers. Easter Eggers are lovely, colored egg laying birds that usually have some Ameraucana blood in them but aren't purebred and tend to lack the traits that define an Ameraucana (for example, yours do not fit a color standard). Most hatcheries sell Easter Eggers as Ameraucanas or "Americana/Araucanas", which results in confusion and many people getting a crossbreed instead of a purebreed. Easter Eggers are great birds but they are often mislabeled.

 

One of your birds looks almost just like my Easter Egger, Easter.:) This color pattern is very common in female Easter Eggers.

X2 on Wynadottes7's post; all Easter Egger pullets. There is a good article at http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/09/ameraucana-easter-egger-or-araucana.html explaining the difference between true Ameraucanas, true Araucanas, and Easter Eggers.

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x3  all EE pullets

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