I have had many, many people tell me that Ameraucanas, Araucanas, and Easter Eggers are all the same breed with different names. I'm here to tell you that they are, in fact, NOT the same breeds.
So, let's start off with the Ameraucana:
The Ameraucana The Ameraucana is a breed of chicken thought to have been developed in the U.S.A, but it's not exactly clear where they were developed. The name Ameraucana is a blend of American and Araucana. The breed comes in bantam and standard size, and is recognized in eight colors: Blue, blue wheaten, wheaten, white, black, brown red, buff, and silver. There are some project colors such as Lavendar as well. Unfortunately that color is not recognized... yet!
Ameraucanas have distinctive traits such as a pea comb, beard and muffs,slate legs, and white toes and feet, unless noted otherwise. The beak color is horn to dark horn. True Ameraucanas only lay blue eggs in various shades.
Picture taken from the Internet; I do not own it!
Now we move on to the Araucana:
The Araucana is a breed of chicken, also know as the South American Rumpless, or Rumpless Araucana. It is also unfairly confused with the Easter Egger or Ameraucana, but it has characteristics such as ear tufts and the lack of rump that distinguish it from those breeds. Several hatcheries claim to sell Araucanas, but they are in fact Easter Eggers. To get true Araucanas, you will need to find a reputable breeder of true Araucanas. They come in 23 colors recognized by 3 different organazations.
Araucanas main distinctive traits are ear tufts and the lack of tail feathers, which gets them the name "Rumpless".
Now, to finish this article off, we end with the Easter Egger
The Easter Egger is a breed of chicken well known for being a favored children's pet, and for laying blue, green, and pink eggs in various shades. They have a beard and muffs like an Ameraucana, but, unlike an Ameraucana, they do not come in recognized colors, and can be told apart from the Ameraucana by their olive green legs and yellow toes and feet. Easter-eggers can also be clean faced / lacking a beard and can have slate legs without yellow as well sometimes.
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