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Ameraucana roo?

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I recently got a rooster and was told he was an ameraucana but he doesn't match any of the recognized varieties, at least I don't think he does. He has blue shanks/feet and a somewhat messy pea comb I believe. He's 1 1/2 to 2 years old.
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post #2 of 6
He could be a poorly colored blue Wheaton, though I'm no expert, he does look a bit off to be pure bred.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 6

No, he doesn't match any of the accepted colors, so that immediately makes him an Easter Egger.

 

That doesn't mean he is 100% Ameraucana, or it could, but he probably is simply mis-colored. A breeder would not breed him forward for Ameraucanas.

 

But he is a pretty boy, and likely carries 2 blue genes so would make dandy EE's with any other hen, who would then lay green eggs.

 

You can determine his genetics (at least partially) by breeding and carefully watching his offspring. If his offspring all lay green eggs when he's bred to a brown layer or pale blue when he's bred to a white layer, then he carries 2 blue genes and is likely full Ameraucana.

 

If you get about 50% mix of green/blue and brown or plain white, then he only has 1 blue gene and not a full blooded Ameraucana.

 

LofMc


Edited by Lady of McCamley - 2/2/16 at 8:58pm
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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pretty boy EE

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post #5 of 6
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Thank you Lady! Very helpful. I guess I'll just have to wait and see if he carries 2 blue egg genes. wink.png
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Thanks everyone! I guess I'll have to wait and see what blue genes he has smile.png
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