Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    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

    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

    Ameraucana eggs

    Ameraucana chicks

    Ameraucana pullet

    Ameraucana rooster

    For more info on Ameraucanas and their owners' and breeders' experiences, see our breed discussion here:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Pea
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates
    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size: Medium
    Egg Color: Blueish Green or Blue
    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.
    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.







Recent User Reviews

  1. rlhagan56
    "I love Ameraucana's"
    Pros - Friendly, Good Layer, Beautiful
    Cons - None
    I love them so much that that is all I raise now. I have Black, White, Splash, and Lavender/Self Blue. They are always friendly and lay gorgeous blue eggs.
  2. GardenTillers44
    "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!
  3. DoodleRoo
    "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.

User Comments

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  1. 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.
  2. Lostchicken
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    1. Lucie Dallaire
      Funny because here my wyandotte are not easy to handle and even the kids can take and pet my ameraucana...
      Lucie Dallaire, Feb 26, 2018
  3. Liz Birdlover
    I just adore my Ameraucanas! They are all very sweet natured, and a few have even become very friendly, running to me, and are so gentle when they take meal worms off of my hand. They lay the most beautiful blue eggs daily. Many of them were really afraid and traumatized when I first got them, as they were in an overcrowded environment. They have really calmed down and seem to be very happy now in their new home, often letting me pet them. The smaller young Roo is such a lover boy, he sits on my lap, or loves to be carried around, laying his head on my shoulder. The larger, older Roo isn't friendly, but he is gorgeous and gentle when I do catch him, and he has a lovely, deep toned crow. I have 2 Roo's, and when I call them they both answer me with crowing, deeper tone crow and a baby sounding crow, and they make me laugh. The hens are very friendly. I really love my sweet Ameraucanas!
      featherhead007 and Mark Cavalli like this.
  4. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    Ameraucana is never crested.
    British araucana is always crested.
    Be carefull.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 is it actually an EE or can Americauna's not have beards? (sorry if it's a dumb question..I'm new to this!)
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    1. BantyChooks
      They are both EEs.
      BantyChooks, Oct 10, 2017
  7. 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.
      rockinchairfarm and Arya28 like this.
  8. 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.
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    1. Isolde-1
      I also have 3 Ameraucana and all 3 are lucky with no sickness. Will be retiring them with a friend that has many type of birds from Guinness and turkey's. will be getting new hens in Spring
      Isolde-1, Dec 22, 2017
  9. LaVidaGallina
    My Ameraucana laid her first egg yesterday, but it was light brown. Will the color change as she matures?
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    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
  10. 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.

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