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Ameraucana

Average User Rating:
4.125/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Pea
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    Blue/Green
    Breed Temperament:
    Aggressive, Friendly, Flighty, Easily handled, Calm, Bears confinement well, Quiet, Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten, and White. Colors being worked on include Lavender, Splash, Splash Wheaten, Mottled, Salmon, Red Pyle and Black Gold.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    The Ameraucana was developed in the 70's by a few people who were trying to standardize the Araucana breed. The Ameraucana is easier to breed as there are no complications due to lethal genes. A very detailed history of the Ameraucana can be read at the Ameraucana Breeders Club website. Besides the above color requirements the following are some of the traits Ameraucanas should possess:

    {eyes - bay (reddish brown)}
    {shanks & feet - slate (blue grey) black accepted on black birds, bottoms of feet white}
    {ear lobes - red, pale on females (no white)}
    {comb - pea}
    {wattles - very small, absent}
    {skin - white}
    {toes - four}
    {muffs & beard - forming three separate lobes, absence is a DQ}
    {egg color - blue, minty green}
    {cock weight - 6.5 lbs/cockerel - 5.5 lbs}
    {hen weight - 5.5 lbs/pullet - 4.5 lbs}
    {full breast, medium back, and tail carried at 45 degrees above horizontal}
    {the bird must breed true to color}
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Pea
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates
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    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size: Medium
    Egg Color: Blueish Green or Blue
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    Breed Temperament:
    Aggressive,Friendly,Flighty,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver Duckwing, Wheaten and White. Colors being worked on include Lavender, Splash, Splash Wheaten, Mottled, Salmon, Red Pyle and Black Gold.
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    Breed Details:
    I have been breeding for several years and have found them to be anywhere on the spectrum from personable, to shy and always entertaining. The best layers are the black and blue varieties. The most personable are the wheatens and blue wheatens. Whites and buffs are very easy going. Silvers, along with black and blue can be flighty. I have found that if you raise the more flighty birds in a large brooder or in smaller numbers it tends to make them more receptive to humans. The blue, black, wheaten and blue wheaten varieties, in my opinion have the nicest egg color. They are good layers and do not drop off in production sharply after their second year like many other breeds.
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Recent User Reviews

  1. melishkia
    5/5,
    "Best breed for me!"
    Pros - Beautiful eggs, self-relient, variety of feather colors
    Cons - None
    Personally, this is my favorite breed.
    I have a mixed flock and have to say, the Americauna takes the cake for me. I don't like a bird that is very dependent on me, I used to love my barred rocks for that reason but then it became annoying. I like an independent bird. The different colored varieties make it so much fun to "collect them all." I currently have a blue wheaten americauna rooster, 2 red hens, a blue, black, and 2 splash americauna hens. They are generally a friendly breed with other flock members but stick closer to the top of the pecking order in my home. The bearded ladies are just the best, their little fuzz ball babies with the chipmunk cheeks.. just love it. Mine are excellent foragers and do well with avoiding predators. The reason I say that is because my barred rock was too friendly with the wrong creatures, my americauna's don't take the risk and I like that.
    Overall:
    5
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  2. Devw
    3/5,
    "Beautiful, fun-to-own birds"
    Pros - Consistent egg layers, low maintenance, cold-hardy
    Cons - Not as friendly as other breeds, somewhat difficult to find quality birds
    I have always been a fan of Ameraucanas. They come in gorgeous, vibrant colors. Their blue eggs are definitely a plus, and mine lay on a near daily basis.
    The couple that I have mix well with the flock, and are fairly quiet. They are low maintenance, and as their comb is small (pea comb) they are resistant to cold winters. I would definitely recommend this as a starter chicken breed, since they are a really easy breed to own, and look beautiful.

    The only "problem" I really have with the breed is that they tend to be a bit people shy. This might not be a problem for others, but as I show my birds it can be a bit challenging to prepare for shows and handling them for maintenance. It's also difficult, compared to other breeds, to find a nearby breeder that sells and shows quality birds. Many online hatcheries sell "Ameraucanas", but they're usually Easter Eggers or mutt Ameraucanas (colors crossed that create unaccepted variations). It's also not uncommon for Ameraucanas to have "leaks" in their coloration, such as red feathers found on a black Ameraucana.


    If your intention is to have this breed for their eggs, then they are a great breed to invest in. However, if you're looking to show these birds it definitely requires some research in finding nice quality birds.
    Overall:
    3.5
  3. haileyeverhart
    5/5,
    "Like puppies"
    Pros - So kind and cute
    Cons - None
    I dont understand the reviews on them being skittish, its called babying them! If you want a nice chicken you have to play with them and make them think youre the mother hen. I know I have, they call for me when i leave the room and just generally love being around me, I love it. Bottom line, dont listen to others saying this breed is skittish, they are very docile birds so if they say theyre skittish, its just how they raised them [​IMG]
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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  1. amoarmstrong
    What are the roosters like? I have been offered an 11 week old and wonder if generally they are friendly? Aggressive? Mostly toward people as I think my 1 year old hens and 10 week old girls will keep him busy!
    1. Abriana
      I have a columbian rock ameraucana rooster, two actually, and they are a little skittish but want to attack. My columbian rock rooster is actually super aggressive so maybe the ameraucanas aren't really aggressive but dad just passed on that trait. Not sure how a pure ameraucana rooster would be
      Abriana, Jun 24, 2017 at 8:25 AM
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  2. Abriana
    I love my three ameraucanas. they lay beautiful blue greenish eggs, and sometimes they are so big they don't fit in a carton. Mine are kind of skittish though, but will walk right up to you and check you out if you don't chase them, then you can grab them. Overall, i am very pleased with this breed, not to mention they are very pretty!
  3. lifein1840
    I love this breed. I am taking a break from them this year to try new breeds, but next year I plan to get some more! They are great layers, happy, healthy, hardy hens! I had one go broody and wasn't the best mom, but still got them off to a good start. Not to mention the egg colors!!!!
  4. SHRanchHen
    I love my Ameraucana. I see it says here that they lay medium eggs but I have been getting large and one in particular lays an extra large egg and typically they lay every day. I just hatched out 7 Lavendars (self blue), hoping I have mostly hens but at least one rooster. They are the most adorable chicks though and are wonderful hunters (snakes and mice!). LOVE THEM.
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  5. Marliss51
    I bought 3 hens and a roo that were over 1 yr old. They definitely don't like being picked up....not even to put them in the right chicken house at night. Good think I wear long gauntlet gloves or their pecks would hurt!
  6. Cerise1924
    @haileyeverhart I think that is a wonderful persepective, and I am on board with that! Do you have any special tips for loving up a single hatchling, and helping it to feel secure and to be well-socialized?
  7. Cluckcluck1215
    YES.Agreed, I have 4 EEs abs they are sweet, pretty and kind.
  8. haileyeverhart
    Shes eating the feathers for protein.
  9. MotherNature7
    I have 5 total and I think at least 3 are male. 2 look just like the picture and one of the ones crowing looks just like the female pic with no muff! Do all the males have to have a muff? These supposedly came from a reputable dealer.
  10. Sylvester017
    @SHERRING7712
    Go on the Ameraucana online websites - there are 2 Ameraucana clubs - and view the photos of the 8 approved colors. Also go on the BYC thread for "Ameraucana thread for posting pictures and discussing our birds updated" - you may get some breeder referrals for your region. If you are unfamiliar with the difference between EEs and Ameraucanas I would not purchase until completely assured of the difference. I waited -- did 6 months research before purchasing my first 2 Blue Wheaten Ameraucanas from an actual show breeder. And understand that just because an Ameraucana is one of the 8 approved APA varieties does not guarantee it will meet all SOP standards as breeding can sometimes produce not-so-perfect birds. That's why you need to go to a highly approved quality breeder to get true Ameraucanas. So far feed stores only sell EE chicks. Some private sellers list their EEs as Ameraucanas simply because they bought chicks through a hatchery or feed store that had labeled the EEs as Ameraucanas. Buyer beware. If you want your lady's birds critiqued on the BYC thread take photos and post them on the "Ameraucana thread for posting pictures and discussing our birds updated" and BYC answers will most likely quickly ID whether the birds are Ameraucana or not. Hope this helps you!

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