I'm love my EEs they are my best layers and very calm quiet my rooster though loves to crow in the morning my americauna mix those are the noisy loud ones and plus I don't have any neighbors for them to complain and plus i haVe two other neighbors with chickens and I hate it when they sqauck in the coop like that it seems to Eco and then it is so loud I can't stand it I can't even be in there for a few minutes and my head starts to hurt because of that and if they see u in the morning when u are scooping poo they run in the door jump up on ur back scratch u jump up at the windows and they have the sand all flag over there poo so then it takes longer to scoop up but I bought them from a lady who said they were springs hatch and didn't need anymore so I bought them off of her and u should of seen how long it took her to catch them they were so jumpy u couldn't even get 6 feet to them and there absolute bonkers and they were confined up in a run for us to come get them and heck it took over half an hour just to catch four birds in probably a 10 by 4 run
I didn't get my Blue Wheaten Ameraucana until she was almost 3 months and she was a free-range wild chick before she got shipped to me having escaped a hawk and a dog attack while she was a chick. So she was quite a jumpy wary juvenile when I got her -- she's extremey alert as an adult now. Her sister died in a couple weeks after I received them so all I had was the one lone Ameraucana quarantined in the house. Having her indoors for several weeks she became increasingly friendlier and let us pet her, hold her, pick her up and she loved to carry on conversations with us. We would talk to her and she would answer back. She became very house-tamed but once we introduced her to the outside flock she turned into a klutzy spooky kooky jittery jumpy wary wild child again. She didn't like being around other chickens and quickly became bottom of the pecking order -- I think that comes from Ameraucanas generally avoiding conflict by nature -- if there's a choice they'd rather flee than fight. I wish her sister had survived so the two gentles could hang out together. She still doesn't like other chickens but she does allows us humans to hand-feed her, pet her, pick her up, and hold her but I don't think her wary jittery nature will ever cease.