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I've read a lot of about people saying that they have ameraucanas, but they're really easter eggers.  Is there a way to tell a difference?

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Several ways. The most obvious is color. Easter Eggers will come in all sorts of colors, none of them being real, accepted varieties. Ameraucanas will always be sold prefixed with a variety, e.g. a "Wheaten" Ameraucana or a "Blue" Ameraucana.

Ameraucanas will always have a pea comb, slate legs, a beard and ear muffs. and lay blue eggs. Easter Eggers will generally have a pea comb, slate legs, a beard and ear muffs, and lay blue or green eggs. About 20% will lack one or more of these traits.

Ameraucanas are much more expensive than Easter Eggers - Ameraucanas cost $10-$30 for chicks and $50+ for adult pullets or hens, whereas Easter Eggers will be $3-$6 as chicks and $20-$30 for adult pullets or hens.

Ameraucanas will almost always come from breeders whereas Easter Eggers will be found at common feed stores and the like.

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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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Queen Misha speaks the truth

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I have one that is a beautiful smokey grey with those traits and one that is a brown, tan, black mix with those traits. Of course at the feed store they were labeled ameraucanas, but I figured only time would tell.
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