Originally Posted by DreamsInPink
Now I'm really confused... by you saying it's the Ameraucauna that has EE in them, not the other way around. How is that?? So the EE came first? And with my EEs that I ordered, there's no guarantee I'll get green and/or blue eggs?
Araucana and Ameraucana are totally separate breeds that just sound similar?
Okay, Araucana and Ameraucana are two different breeds, both derived from the same originally imported stock. Araucana are rumpless, tufted, have yellow skin, lay blue eggs, have pea combs, and only come in a few colors/varieties. Ameraucana are bearded, muffed, have white skin, slate legs, lay blue eggs, have pea combs, and only lay blue eggs.
The original blue/green laying birds that were imported into the U.S. were referred to as Araucana, but they were basically what we consider Easter Eggers. A handful of breeders began selectively breeding for a set of traits and after a few years, got their Araucanas accepted as a recognized breed by the American Poultry Association. Since the name Araucana now only applied to the birds that met the breed standard, the birds that did not meet this standard became known as Ameraucana. A different group of breeders began breeding their birds towards a different set of goals, thus creating the Ameraucana breed that is currently accepted by the American Poultry Association. Since the acceptance of the Ameraucana as a breed, hatcheries have not updated or changed their marketing or labeling of their birds to reflect the changes that have occurred. And they refuse to acknowledge that their birds aren't actually Ameraucana, as per the breed definition. They are still breeding from birds descended from the original import stock, towards no common standard or set of goals. It's these birds that are commonly known as Easter Eggers.
You see, Easter Eggers are the originals, unrefined. The two other breeds were created using the Easter Egger as the foundation.