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are easter eggers araucanas crossed with americanas?

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when hatcheries sell easter eggers are they usually araucanas crossed with americanas?  or are they araucanas crossed with any random breed?

10 layers, 8 Meat Birds  2 Geese , 1 Duck, 2 Bulldogs, 2 Guinea Pigs, 2 Beehives, & Tilapia Fish
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10 layers, 8 Meat Birds  2 Geese , 1 Duck, 2 Bulldogs, 2 Guinea Pigs, 2 Beehives, & Tilapia Fish
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I think most of the hatchery birds have pea-comb, fluffy-cheeks, greenish legs, and various pretty colors, and many have at least 1 blue-egg gene (resulting in some blue, some green, and some brown-eggs if the bird doesn't have the blue-egg gene).  I've heard also that they're a mix-breed, but I don't really know what they'd be mixed with since they're so standard in appearance (other than having non-standard colors). I also have Ameraucanas and they are similar but they have 2 copies of the blue-egg gene (instead of EEs having sometimes just 1) and they've been bred to have specific colors that breed-true such as black, blue, wheaten, etc.  Hatchery birds won't usually breed true to color (won't necessarily match their parents color) and also breeding 2 together may end up losing the blue egg gene altogether.  If you don't plan to breed them though, I think easter-eggers from hatcheries such as Ideal Poultry are a great choice.  I have lots of them and they're beautiful and have fun personalities too.  If you want to breed your birds in the future (keeping a rooster) instead of buying more at the hatchery every couple years, then you might prefer to go with Ameraucanas then to be sure and keep the blue-egg gene through the generations.

I love chickens!  We currently have about 30 silkies (some are naked neck silkies), 10 barred rocks, 3 rumpless araucana, 7 rumpless naked necks, 3 lavender cuckoo orpingtons, 5 seramas, 10 black cochin bantams, and 10 d'uccles. 
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I love chickens!  We currently have about 30 silkies (some are naked neck silkies), 10 barred rocks, 3 rumpless araucana, 7 rumpless naked necks, 3 lavender cuckoo orpingtons, 5 seramas, 10 black cochin bantams, and 10 d'uccles. 
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