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. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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.
    1. Mark Cavalli
      I myself only have one I have five chickens I got my Ameraucana given to me from a neighbor took her a while to adjust to my other four. She still gets chased now and then a little pack but for the most part she is awesome. If I could turn it around I would have only this breed. Took her about three weeks to give me her first egg big blue egg we were pretty happy I believe she is a pure bird as well. Looking forward to getting more in the future.
      Mark Cavalli, Jan 15, 2018
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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. 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.
      Isolde-1 and lilcavwife like this.
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    2. Liz Birdlover
      I noticed this behavior with Cockatiels years ago, when they had babies, if they produced a Lutino (red eyes, pale yellow or white feathers) they'd kill the baby...now how they knew a bald baby with closed eyes could tell what it would grow up to be is amazing. I'd have to pull the hatchlings, set up the brooder and handfeed/hand raise or give to another pair raising babies the same age that didn't care about what colors babies would be.
      Liz Birdlover, Jan 13, 2018
    3. Liz Birdlover
      I recently rescued 12 Ameraucanas, 1 was totally plucked bald. I nursed them all back to health, tended to boo boo's and set up a few "hospital cages" where 4 could recover in peace. The bald one started growing feathers, pure black. When all were well, I let them all be together, and they started picking on Pepper Sprout the black one.
      Liz Birdlover, Jan 13, 2018
    4. Liz Birdlover
      Well, she plucked right back, so if someone plucked out a feather of hers, she plucked out a feather of theirs. I put pinless peepers on all birds for 1 week, giving them all a rest from plucking and picking. Then I introduced mineral blocks, extra feeder, hanging cabbage and 2 hanging toys...an removed the pinless peepers. That was in September, and no one has picked on anyone else since, so I guess I lucked out that it worked. Pepper Sprout is still fully feathered and everyone seems happy.
      Liz Birdlover, Jan 13, 2018
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  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.
      Isolde-1 and MrGecko like this.
  10. wenwar
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