I see this coming up a lot, so I thought I would gather some info about the differences of Easter Eggers, Ameraucanas, and Araucanas.
First off, I highly recommend this thread. It has a lot of good info on EEs, Ameraucanas, and Araucanas.
Article from Backyard Poultry Magazine. It also has some info on Ameraucanas
Varieties and Standard Guidlines
ABA Recognized Varieties~~Araucana Club of America
APA Recognized Varieties~~Araucana Club of America
Here are the Standard Guidelines. Here's some quotes from it:
- For Standard sized birds: The standard Araucana are rumpless and have tufts of feathers protruding from each side of the head/neck. The Araucana also has a pea comb and they have the distinction of laying Turquoise or blue shelled eggs. There is close genetic Linkage between those two traits so that selection for pea comb is effective in maintaining blue Egg.
Disqualifications: Lack of ear-tufts, comb other than Pea, Rudimentary presence of tail, Stubs or feather on their shank, or more or less than four toes, white skin.
- For Bantam birds: The Araucana bantam has a pea comb and they have the distinction of laying Turquoise or blue shelled eggs. There is close genetic Linkage between those two traits so that selection for pea comb is effective in maintaining blue Egg. One classes of Araucana bantams is recognized
Disquailifications: Absence of one or both ear tufts - Rudimentary tail - Eggs other than blue - Presence of beard - specimen with beard and/or muffs, white skin. ~~Araucana Club of America
Araucana History~~Araucana Club of America
Tufting and Genetics:
Article on tufting by Ann Charles This was originally published in the 2011 APA Yearbook
More info on Genetics by Ann Charles Also has some links to books on Araucanas
I will be adding more info on EEs and Ameraucanas soon. :)
BTW, if you have any info to add, helpful links, pics, or if my links don't work PLEASE post or let me know. :)