Ok, I have gotten a few answers already, but none since the last time I posted pics (sorry pics are kinda bad, they are not cooperating). I promise I'm not trying to bug yall, but this is still driving me crazy. I am not kidding when I say I have spent HOURS... literally HOURS searching online, here and other places, read articles galore, and I just can't see what makes some of the roosters I see online labeled "Blue Ameraucana" an Ameraucana, yet Goose is considered an EE. They look identical, unless the pictures online are mislabeled and photographers misinformed, which could very well be likely. I am sorry for reviving this post, but I just struggle so hard to tell what the heck the difference is between the two. Can someone tell me what I am missing?? What makes mine an EE??
Online Blue Ameraucana
(Yes I know he looks darker but I swear it is the lighting, he looks much lighter in person)
Online Blue Ameraucana:
The other two examples have combs that are more like Goose's comb, this guy has one that looks more like Big Red's comb, three rows of little bumps in nice neat straight little rows. Goose's comb is like one big line of bumps that is wavy like bacon instead of a straight line. Which one is right for an Ameraucana comb??
So what is it that disqualifies him from being an Ameraucana? Is it the color? The comb? The beard/muffs? Too little? Not enough? I really don't understand, and it's driving me crazy. I guess what I'm looking for is not just what he is, but what is it that makes him that way. Right now things are clear as mud. No matter what I look at online, I just can't seem to figure out any discernible differences other than Ameraucanas are solid colored, and EE are multi, but that ain't helping me here since Goose is a solid color!
I don't breed for any reason other than to make my own pretty little babies, but I still want to know what breeds I have. If he is an Ameraucana I don't want to cull him, but if he is just an EE, then he is probably gonna be dumplins because he is a bit of a pain in the rear, plus I have about 6 little fluffy grey babies to take his place! He sure did make some beautiful babies tho.
Anyways, sorry again for resurrecting this post, but I just want to get more info on what it is that makes him an EE and disqualifies him as an Ameraucana. I also would like to arm myself with the ability to tell them apart so that I don't get the wool pulled over my eyes the next time I am trying to buy Ameraucanas, granted I'll be going to a more reputable breeder next time, but it would be a skill I would like to posses in case I come across any opportunities before I make the several hour drive to buy legit Ameraucanas. Thank you in advance!