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. Cloverleaf Farm
    Your girl isn't an "Ameraucana" but an Easter Egger... ;) Very pretty indeed!
  2. Goose and Fig
    This is NOT typical of the Ameraucana breed. However, if you add just one hen to a coop full of birds, re-establishing the pecking order can be very hard on the new girl. Would never recommend doing that.
  3. SanctusPullus
    No, she and two others came together as the first birds into an empty coop. Supposedly, prior to that, she was docile and friendly among the three. We figured that the move "snapped" something in her or there was just something about the new arrangement she just couldn't adjust to. When she was placed in another larger established flock where she was definitely a stranger and lower on the totem pole, we were told she didn't seem to have any problems.
  4. roysnider
    All my Ameraucanas are friendly with us. They lay plenty of eggs, with lights about 200 a year. easy to raise and show.
  5. WhiteMountainsRanch
    My Ameraucanas are the friendliest, least flighty, most wonderful chickens I have ever had. So far they are above average layers and I have gotten several broodies. LOVE my Ameraucanas.
  6. dlgd
    I agree with you that the breed needs more publicity! I have a little buff and she is SO pretty, and she's a sweetie to boot! I'm happy to hear of another fan.
  7. NewChickHere
    I'm sorry but I think you might've posted this in the wrong place. This is a review for the Ameraucana, not the Buffs, although you sure make them sound great. :)
  8. dlgd
    She's a buff (wheaten colored) Ameraucana and she IS a sweetie.
  9. Chicks Galore3
    Please post updates, as i will be getting two!
  10. shawn99
    they are really good egg layers

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