Ameraucana

Average User Rating:
4.17083/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Pea
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    Blue/Green
    Breed Temperament:
    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
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    The Ameraucana is an American breed of chicken developed in the USA in the 1970s. It was derived from chickens brought from South America (Chile) that carried the blue egg gene and was bred to maintain the blue egg colour gene of that breed. There is also an Ameraucana bantam variety and both the LF and bantam variety were added to the APA Standard of Perfection (SOP) in 1984. Recognised varieties are: Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten, White.

    The Ameraucana is one of the few chicken breeds to lay blue eggs, another being the Cream Legbar, which also have an Araucana influence. The Ameraucana breed shows many similarities to the Araucana breed, such as pea combs and of course the blue egg gene. The Araucana however has earmuffs and is rumpless, whereas the Ameraucana has a tail and is muffed and bearded. Their earlobes are small and round, wattles small or absent, earlobes, comb and wattles are all red. Their shanks are slate-blue, (tending to black in the Black variety). In Australia and UK both Ameraucana and Araucana breeds are viewed as varieties of the Araucana - tailed and rumpless.

    Less rare than Araucanas, Ameraucana are still considered quite rare. They are often confused with Easter Eggers (EE's are often advertised and sold as Ameraucanas), which can lay blue AND green eggs.

    See here: Differences Between EEs, Ameraucanas, and Araucanas

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    Ameraucana eggs

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    Ameraucana chicks

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    Ameraucana pullet

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    Ameraucana rooster

    For more info on Ameraucanas and their owners' and breeders' experiences, see our breed discussion here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/975512/chicken-breed-focus-ameraucana/0_30
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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. Mercurygirl68
    5/5,
    "Sweet Hens"
    Pros - Gentle, Aesthetically pleasing, varied colors, colored eggs
    Cons - Low on Pecking order, gets bullied during snack time
    We love our Ameraucana Hens. We have 5 that are mixed in with 4 other breeds for a total of a 50 hen flock. These ladies are so sweet and demure. They are gentle to handle, very curious and ours are great foragers. They all have different but gorgeous feathers. We can't wait to see our first egg. This one's name is Silver, she has the sweetest grey beard! Very light weight birds and ours don't struggle with you when they are held!
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    Purchase Date:
    May 23, 2018
  2. Hen Pen Jem
    5/5,
    "Regal Beauty"
    Pros - Intelligent, friendly, lay large blue eggs, make excellent alpha hens, many colors to choose from
    Cons - Can be aggressive towards flock mates
    This is such a fantastic breed. I have found them to be smart, and willing to interact with me. They even learned to cackle in such a way, as to almost simulate language! I would call to my alpha hen, by name, "Taji, Taji, where are you?". That hen would reply to me, "cackle, cackle, buck-buck-buck.", translation, "Here I am, sitting under the grapefruit tree.". LOL! :gig

    However, they can get somewhat aggressive with other chickens, occasionally. But, it was this trait, that enabled my Ameruacana to become the alpha hen. And, her majesty, was an excellent leader. She kept the hens in line, stopped any squabbles, did not tolerate, defiance. A quick thrashing would take care of anyone, disrupting the peace. :oops:

    I also, observed tenderness and acceptance from my Ameruacanas. When I brought a rescued, little game hen into the flock, Taji's sister, Inky, accepted her, when the rest of the flock ingnored and even tormented her with constant pecking. One evening, as I was going to close the coop door, I observed the little game hen, with her head hanging low. Inky stood next to her on the perch. Suddenly, Inky stretched her wing out and placed it over the little game hen, as if she was a chick! They were best friends, from that night on.

    This breed has impressed me so much, that I am currently hatching another generation of Ameruacanas. Not only are they beautiful to look at, they are intelligent, strong, and friendly birds.

    I think I will always have Ameruacanas in my flock. They truly are, a beautiful and regal breed.
    Mercurygirl68, Acorn.emmy and stavo like this.
  3. Donald K Allen
    5/5,
    "Awesome Breed"
    Pros - Love the Ameraucana Chickens~~ Good Layers and easily kept~~
    Great Chickens and easily kept~~
    Mercurygirl68 likes this.

User Comments

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  1. wenwar
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  2. Acorn.emmy
    I'm looking for ameraucanas eggs to hatch or hens and a rooster!any ideas on where to find some .THANK YOU
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  3. tbcorum
    Love my girls! All are handler friendly, gentle, and they produce beautiful blue eggs like clock work!!!!!
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  4. TeenageRooster's Dad
    They’re really smart and very docile, at least min are this way; They do get picked on easily by larger breeds as they don’t seem to like conflict much. Mines avoid the Brahmas and rhode red all day long.
  5. Chook to chook
    Our Ameraucana is a great bird, truly. She seems a really intelligent bird and super curious. She can be a little aggressive at feeding time with the other girls if she thinks they're going to gobble her share but for the most part, she is a very personable bird who is easy to handle. She can be found somewhere in our proximity as she free ranges and always wants know what we are up to. Her eggs come very regularly and are a lovely light blue. Love her chubby cheeks too!
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  6. Jenn's Hens
    Of all my hens, these go to a lot of trouble to hide their eggs. When they're running in the yard, I am likely to find them in the flowerbed, under the deck, under a bush ... anywhere but the nesting boxes where the other hens all go to lay their eggs. I tell my husband they're called Easter eggers because they make me hunt for their hidden eggs. :barnie
  7. Emmies Chicks
    I had Ameraucanas and they were the sweetest birds, except for 1 rooster that found it his mission to flog me every time I walked out the front door lol The other rooster was super sweet. I raised them from 2 week old chicks. They followed me around the yard like puppies. Great birds to have as children's pets :)
  8. Lostchicken
    The Rooster did turn out to be an EE and the two hens were Ameraucanas. I did get rid of all three birds. I decided to go a different rout and the Ameraucanas and the EE were not in the direction I wanted to go. I have several people buying eggs for breakfast use and the large brown eggs sell quite well here. I have mostly Wyandotte's and Bard rock hens now. 35 hens at this time and not keeping up with the orders. Thank you for helping me with the breed.
  9. FlyWheel
    "They are often confused with Easter Eggers (EE's are often advertised and sold as Ameraucanas), which can lay blue AND green eggs."
    ...And brown, and tan. And yellow, pink, purplish...
      maldojas and Flamens Farm like this.
  10. ChickenyChickeny
    I have one Ameracauna, she lays nice greenish eggs. She's sorta friendly, if I pick her up she doesn't try to flap away.

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