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I got a number of Americana hens & two roosters as chicks.  The two I purchased as roosters are mostly white bodied with dark tails etc.  One of the "hens" turned out to be a rooster also but it is brightly multicolored.  Is that unusual?  I thought the cocks were supposed to be white bodied.  It was a surprise.  I kept thinking it looked like a rooster in shape but it didn't crow nor accost a hen.  Today I saw it do the wild thing so I know it is a rooster even though it isn't vocal.  It is really a beautiful combinations of colors.  Looks like a patchwork quilt.  I'lll try to get a photo. to upload.  http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b32/msmaggie57/rooster2.jpg    This is one of the white ones http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b32/msmaggie57/rooster.jpg


Edited by maggie b - 9/2/10 at 4:58pm
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Sounds like some pretty Easter Eggers

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Very nice looking Easter Eggers. These are my favorite. Usually people who raise araucanas or ameraucanas will tell you that you have easter eggers wich is commonly  called mutts or mongrels. This is not an insult ( i know because I'm an EE lover) if anything it is a complement. I use a blue wheaten ameraucana cockeral to cover my EE hens and other breeds to create more EEs and olive eggers. I just prefer EEs to the auracana and ameraucana.They are usually a larger bird with pretty eggs and I've found them to be better layers. Enjoy

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So are you saying these are not EEs ?  They were sold as Americanas which I figured meant mixed domestic & Auracana.  They aren't burning up the woods laying yet.  The barred rocks, New Hampsires & RIRs are running rings around them.  I enjoy the colored eggs I do get.  They don't have bodies as generously built as the domestic chickens but they are cute with their little tuft under the beak.

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They are ester eggers !

A- the parents could of been pure bred ameraucana ( no I in it ) but they could of both been a different color making the offspring Easter eggers

Or

B - Easter eggers are often sold as araucana or ameraucana from hatchereys or from ppl who don't know what they have .

Check this site out http://www.ameraucana.org/.  It will help you with the true birds so you can learn colors if you ever get real ameraucanas. Good luck !

By the way ee's and ameraucanas have beards only true araucanas have tufts


Edited by poultrykeeper08 - 9/2/10 at 6:47pm
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post #6 of 57
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Originally Posted by maggie b 

So are you saying these are not EEs ?  They were sold as Americanas which I figured meant mixed domestic & Auracana.  They aren't burning up the woods laying yet.  The barred rocks, New Hampsires & RIRs are running rings around them.  I enjoy the colored eggs I do get.  They don't have bodies as generously built as the domestic chickens but they are cute with their little tuft under the beak.


ameraucanas are a pure breed, auracanas are a pure breed...both blue egg layers. they take a brown egg layer & mate it with a blue egg layer making an EE which is a mutt. Never the less some do lay either brown, blue, green or pink eggs hence the nickname rainbow layers.

hatcheries sell EE's as ameruacanas cause most people don't know what a true quaility ameraucana is. legs, colors & stuff all figure in............


Edited by Sillystunt - 9/2/10 at 6:48pm
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post #7 of 57

He is beautiful!!  Would love to have him in my flock!!!

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Originally Posted by maggie b 

So are you saying these are not EEs ?  They were sold as Americanas which I figured meant mixed domestic & Auracana.  They aren't burning up the woods laying yet.  The barred rocks, New Hampsires & RIRs are running rings around them.  I enjoy the colored eggs I do get.  They don't have bodies as generously built as the domestic chickens but they are cute with their little tuft under the beak.


No I'm saying that they are Easter Eggers wich  does mean that they are mixed either with araucanas or ameraucanas  and another breed of some sort. I don't think there is such a thing as Americanas, unless this is just a marketing strategy for Easter Egger. Maybe I missunderstood you original post. They are Easter Eggers wich can have any color under the sun in their feathers and will lay you a variety of colored eggs.  They are roosters.

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It can be very confusing but once you understand it just seems absurd instead of confusing as to why there are EE's and Americauna's.  There has alot to do with color of the birds.  The slate legs, beards, muffs and tuffts too. They can have all that but not be a "standard" color and be called an EE. They can have both Americauna parents but if not the right color they are an EE.  So just give me an EE and get if over with.  As long as I get a colored egg, I'm happy.  By the way. Are you needing a home for one of those roos?  Because I need one.  If your located close enough to me that is. I have 5 "EE" hens.  Although 1 is pure white with all the standard specs and would be called an Americauna.  I will call her an EE.  Her mother and sisters are EE so she is too. caf

Those roos are handsome by the way.  Nice job.

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Originally Posted by maggie b 

So are you saying these are not EEs ?  They were sold as Americanas which I figured meant mixed domestic & Auracana.  They aren't burning up the woods laying yet.  The barred rocks, New Hampsires & RIRs are running rings around them.  I enjoy the colored eggs I do get.  They don't have bodies as generously built as the domestic chickens but they are cute with their little tuft under the beak.


No I'm saying that they are Easter Eggers wich  does mean that they are mixed either with araucanas or ameraucanas  and another breed of some sort. I don't think there is such a thing as Americanas, unless this is just a marketing strategy for Easter Egger. Maybe I missunderstood you original post. They are Easter Eggers wich can have any color under the sun in their feathers and will lay you a variety of colored eggs.  They are roosters.


There are such a thing as ameruacanas..................i breed them wink They ONLY lay blue eggs.................

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