Ameraucana

Average User Rating:
4.16736/5,
  • 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. 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.
    Acorn.emmy and stavo like this.
  2. Donald K Allen
    5/5,
    "Awesome Breed"
    Pros - Love the Ameraucana Chickens~~ Good Layers and easily kept~~
    Great Chickens and easily kept~~
  3. SherryLynn51
    5/5,
    "Absolutely beautiful"
    BlackHackle likes this.

User Comments

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  1. wenwar
  2. Acorn.emmy
    I'm looking for ameraucanas eggs to hatch or hens and a rooster!any ideas on where to find some .THANK YOU
  3. tbcorum
    Love my girls! All are handler friendly, gentle, and they produce beautiful blue eggs like clock work!!!!!
  4. Emmies Chicks
    I had Ameraucanas and they were the sweetest birds, except for 1 rooster that found it his mission to flog me every time I walked out the front door lol The other rooster was super sweet. I raised them from 2 week old chicks. They followed me around the yard like puppies. Great birds to have as children's pets :)
  5. Lostchicken
    The Rooster did turn out to be an EE and the two hens were Ameraucanas. I did get rid of all three birds. I decided to go a different rout and the Ameraucanas and the EE were not in the direction I wanted to go. I have several people buying eggs for breakfast use and the large brown eggs sell quite well here. I have mostly Wyandotte's and Bard rock hens now. 35 hens at this time and not keeping up with the orders. Thank you for helping me with the breed.
  6. 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.
  7. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    Ameraucana is never crested.
    British araucana is always crested.
    Be carefull.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
      breege likes this.
    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
      breege likes this.
  10. Marliss51
    I bought 3 hens and a roo that were over 1 yr old. They definitely don't like being picked up....not even to put them in the right chicken house at night. Good think I wear long gauntlet gloves or their pecks would hurt!

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