Ameraucana

Average User Rating:
4.15678/5,
  • 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. Moonwolf
    5/5,
    "ameraucana my dream bird come true!!"
    Pros - lovable and loving!!!
    Cons - can be territorial and mean, especially to banties(at least in my birds). fly like mad,lol
    these have always been my dream bird and now I have them I'm getting addicted to ameraucana and silkies! love my birds!!!
  2. SheppardRanch
    5/5,
    "Beautiful Blue Eggs"
    Pros - Blue Eggs, Blue Eggs, Blue Eggs!
    (very pretty bird too)
    Cons - Tend to want to fly, like to roost high in trees if allowed.
    With this breed it starts and ends with the beautiful blue (not green) eggs. Only the Araucana seems to be its equal in their beautiful blue eggs. Together with the Marans eggs they and amazing color to our market eggs packs. We have been breeding and selling them for over 4 Years and they are a customer favorite! IMG_0493.jpg
  3. jessifl
    5/5,
    "Beautiful eggs and production"
    Pros - high production, color, healthy, very pretty hens, calm
    Cons - slow growers, roosters are dull except blacks, mean when broody
    I love my Ameraucanas. They are beautiful petite birds that are very smart. They lay normally every other day half the year and every day the other half.
    Sometimes they are too smart. My girls will always find a way out of the pasture into the back yard to let me know if they feel supper is late.
    They aren't fans of being touched but are calm and won't claw and scratch to get away.
    Mine are very healthy birds and it seems never get sick.
    I have only had one go broody and boy was she a mean brooder. Couldn't go near her nest with hissing and pecking. So, I gave in and let her have some eggs. Nope, she decided to start eating them. She would leave to eat a couple times a day which is normal for the first couple of weeks. But then if she came back to find someone else laying in her nest she through a fit and ate an egg or two. Then once she finally had a couple that made it to the last week and she was brooding 24/7 I thought ok all is well. Nope, she decided she was over it.
    The roosters are pretty bland looking to me but are gentle and calm. They are constant talkers though.
    The black roosters are beautiful with feathers flashing purples and blues. It is very hard to get one with no leakage (red flakes somewhere on a feather or two).
    I love that you can breed to a certain shade of blue egg you want and that you can mix these birds with other breeds and get a rainbow of greens and blues in your egg basket.
    They are truly a fun breed. Be very careful though, it is hard to find true Americana's with a pure blood line.
    Ask for pictures of the chicks and compare to breed standards. Chicks are usually easier to spot as fake.
    Bonnie sue 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. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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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  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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!)
      Isolde-1 likes this.
    1. BantyChooks
      They are both EEs.
      BantyChooks, Oct 10, 2017
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  9. 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.
      Isolde-1 likes this.
    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
  10. 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

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