Ameraucana

Average User Rating:
4.13478/5,
  • 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. GardenTillers44
    4/5,
    "One of our favorites!"
    Pros - Hardy with friendly, easy-going personality. Beautiful blue eggs, 5-6 per week
    Cons - Occasionally picked on by larger breeds. Muffs get messy with juicy foodstuffs like melon or oatmeal and may require cleaning
    We have 3 blue Ameraucanas from an established bloodline. Great personality, always following us around. Very active foragers and will run down flies, butterflies and about anything that moves. They can outrun any chicken in our flock. They adapted quickly to handling and seem very gentle by nature. The rest of our flock is mostly heavy breeds that don't hesitate to peck the Ameraucanas when they get the chance (if they can catch them!). That could be because the little blue girls are masters at stealing food out from under the others. Good layers of medium-large light blue eggs. We typically get 5-6 per week. 2 of the 3 went broody during their first summer. They fiercely protect the nest, so I expect they would make good mothers. We were not ready for a raised brood, so we separated them from the nest boxes and they came out of it in a few days. They are a little higher maintenance if you want to keep their muffs clean. They dive into the food with gusto and look like 1 year old kid after a spaghetti dinner. We will wipe them down after a juicy melon, oatmeal or corn-on-the-cob. They also get wet muffs after drinking from an open container. The other day it was 9 degrees and one had little icicles hanging from the muff. I understand they can be prone to mites in the muff area, but so far we have not had any problems. I can't imagine not having Ameraucanas in our flock, we love them!
  2. DoodleRoo
    5/5,
    "My Favorite Chickens!"
    Pros - Beautiful birds with an 'intelligent' look to their gaze. Cute feathered cheeks are a plus. Lay pretty blue/green eggs.
    Cons - Can be on the shy and skittish side.
  3. Duckstruck
    4/5,
    "Great Egg Layer!"
    Pros - Beautiful Feathers, Beautiful Eggs
    Cons - Can Be Skittish
    In the beginning, my Ameraucanas were fearful, skittish chicks. Much has improved on their tendencies since childhood.
    I watched my Ameraucana lay the first egg in a nine hen flock of different breeds. Many blue eggs to come!
    My second Ameraucana is pretty skittish, but can be social when she feels like it. She's not half as curious as the first, but shows promising production.
    Better Than Rubies likes this.

User Comments

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  1. Larrycauna
    My 6 week old pullets have been raised by a 12/13 year old since they were 3 weeks old. She just took to them like a fish to water. We are now letting them out of the cage for a few hours a day to free range. But due to their age we watch them very closely. I have been coming home and letting them out and they seem to greet me now when I get home. My problem is we are moving into the storm season and today we had 20 mile an hour winds and horizontal rain. Because of their young age I'm afraid to let them out because of the wet rain. They seem to be doing well and their pen is at around 60 to 70 degrees (red heat lamp). Anyway should I keep them in the coop when it rains. They have plenty of room to stretch.
  2. ClaraCluckChicken
    I have two hens that are americaunas. Both just started laying very pretty light blue eggs. One of them does not have a beard though...so is it actually an EE or can Americauna's not have beards? (sorry if it's a dumb question..I'm new to this!)
    1. BantyChooks
      They are both EEs.
      BantyChooks, Oct 10, 2017
  3. Reno
    My 2 Ameraucanas are shy . Good egg layers , one light blue egg per day ea. They are good escape artist and can jump high and fly for a short distance.
      Arya28 likes this.
  4. jburts
    I have one Ameraucana left, she is 6 yrs old this year, lost my other one last yr that was 5, but still a long time for a chicken, she still laid eggs this summer, large blue eggs.
    she is the top hen, and when I got chicks three yrs ago had to slowly intergrate them, she was trying to let them know she is boss. had to watch her, but when the other chickens got big enough to defend themselves and she accepted them, everything went well, but they all know she is boss.
    plan to get more next march.and by the way she is a pretty brown multi color, she is friendly when she is not molting, and she is big. Don't know how long she will last, but she has never been sick.
  5. LaVidaGallina
    My Ameraucana laid her first egg yesterday, but it was light brown. Will the color change as she matures?
      Jackie89 likes this.
    1. jbf16falcon
      I don't find the color to change with age, I do find the intensity or lightness of that color to drift to the lighter side towards a hens end of egg production life with some Ameraucanas. That is my experience.
      jbf16falcon, Sep 1, 2017
    2. SDC
      You got a EE not a Amercauna....Very hard to distinguish but it happens.
      SDC, Sep 2, 2017
  6. Crazyredhead
    Love my Ameraucanas, I have 5 and I rooster.
    2 older hen and an older Rooster which up until this spring he was awesome however something this spring changed. They are 4 yrs I believe and we had to treat a sick bird and our Rooster didn't like it and started attacking my husband now I can let him free range because he picks fight with my husband when he minding his own business.
    But my girls all the ages are awesome, sweet smart and gorgeous.
      Judy Romero-Saldana likes this.
  7. RoosterCogburn7
    A beautiful breed. They have odd quirks. If your rooster or hens carry a gene for black and splash when you have the Blue variety, they need to be separated. They tend to attack varieties that are not the same color as they are. I have had to take the Black variety and put them in with the more accepting French Black Copper Marans to make Olive Eggers just so the black variety was not savaged by the Blue variety. Apparently Chickens can tell color. When they go broody and hatch their own, if the offspring turns out splash or black they will peck it to death.
      lilcavwife likes this.
    1. mockingbird
      I have not had this experience. This year I had a black broody raising splash and blue, and a splash broody raising different intensities of blue one almost black.) I keep all three colors in my flock and although they have a definite pecking order it does not seem to be color based.
      mockingbird, Aug 7, 2017
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    2. Cari C
      I buy misc chicks at my feed store, usually 2 or 3 of each breed and although they all live together, and eat together in harmony, they tend to hang out more with their own breed. It is so odd. I just bought 5 chicks, 2 Adalusians & 3 Cochins and they sleep in 2 separate piles. I thought it was a fluke when my first bunch did it 2 yrs ago.
      Cari C, Nov 26, 2017
  8. mockingbird
    I only have room to focus on one breed and for me this is it! I have blue, black, and splash. I couldn't resist the adorable fuzzy faces, friendly personality, and the beautiful blue eggs!
      MrGecko, Jackie89 and Purple House like this.
  9. MeridianChick
    They are very beautiful birds. My blue ameraucana comes up to me whenever I let them roam free in the yard. She lays the prettiest light blue eggs.
      MrGecko likes this.
  10. 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!
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    2. Cari C
      I have 4 Ameraucanas, 1 is a rooster. He is great with all of my hens, but a cocky, jerk to people. I raised him in the house for 2 months, did not over handle... he is only still alive b/c he is so good to my girls, all 15 of them. He has a go at me almost weekly.
      Cari C, Nov 22, 2017
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    3. breege
      Cari C - Have you tried :
      https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/how-to-train-a-rooster-to-be-nice.66507/
      https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/feed-health/how-to-tame-aggressive-rooster-behavior/
      breege, Nov 24, 2017
    4. Cari C
      breege - Thanks! The first article was not for me, but the second one was. I have employed some of her tactics, but I think I can be more effective with them now. After having been spurred & flogged more than once, ugh, it is hard to be confident, LoL, but I will try again, or until I find someone with a docile rooster that needs to be re-homed.
      Cari C, Nov 26, 2017
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