Ameraucana

Average User Rating:
4.13478/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Pea
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    Blue/Green
    Breed Temperament:
    Aggressive, 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 was developed in the 70's by a few people who were trying to standardize the Araucana breed. The Ameraucana is easier to breed as there are no complications due to lethal genes. A very detailed history of the Ameraucana can be read at the Ameraucana Breeders Club website. Besides the above color requirements the following are some of the traits Ameraucanas should possess:

    {eyes - bay (reddish brown)}
    {shanks & feet - slate (blue grey) black accepted on black birds, bottoms of feet white}
    {ear lobes - red, pale on females (no white)}
    {comb - pea}
    {wattles - very small, absent}
    {skin - white}
    {toes - four}
    {muffs & beard - forming three separate lobes, absence is a DQ}
    {egg color - blue, minty green}
    {cock weight - 6.5 lbs/cockerel - 5.5 lbs}
    {hen weight - 5.5 lbs/pullet - 4.5 lbs}
    {full breast, medium back, and tail carried at 45 degrees above horizontal}
    {the bird must breed true to color}
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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. GardenTillers44
    4/5,
    "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!
  2. DoodleRoo
    5/5,
    "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.
  3. Duckstruck
    4/5,
    "Great Egg Layer!"
    Pros - Beautiful Feathers, Beautiful Eggs
    Cons - Can Be Skittish
    In the beginning, my Ameraucanas were fearful, skittish chicks. Much has improved on their tendencies since childhood.
    I watched my Ameraucana lay the first egg in a nine hen flock of different breeds. Many blue eggs to come!
    My second Ameraucana is pretty skittish, but can be social when she feels like it. She's not half as curious as the first, but shows promising production.

User Comments

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  1. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    Ameraucana is never crested.
    British araucana is always crested.
    Be carefull.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
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    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
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  4. 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!
  5. Cerise1924
    @haileyeverhart I think that is a wonderful persepective, and I am on board with that! Do you have any special tips for loving up a single hatchling, and helping it to feel secure and to be well-socialized?
    1. MeridianChick
      When mine was a chick I used to let her roam around my sunroom with the other chicks. They LOVE to explore together, especially my easter egger and ameraucana. Now, she's become friends with almost all of my flock!
      MeridianChick, Jun 27, 2017
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  6. Cluckcluck1215
    YES.Agreed, I have 4 EEs abs they are sweet, pretty and kind.
  7. haileyeverhart
    Shes eating the feathers for protein.
  8. MotherNature7
    I have 5 total and I think at least 3 are male. 2 look just like the picture and one of the ones crowing looks just like the female pic with no muff! Do all the males have to have a muff? These supposedly came from a reputable dealer.
  9. Sylvester017
    @SHERRING7712
    Go on the Ameraucana online websites - there are 2 Ameraucana clubs - and view the photos of the 8 approved colors. Also go on the BYC thread for "Ameraucana thread for posting pictures and discussing our birds updated" - you may get some breeder referrals for your region. If you are unfamiliar with the difference between EEs and Ameraucanas I would not purchase until completely assured of the difference. I waited -- did 6 months research before purchasing my first 2 Blue Wheaten Ameraucanas from an actual show breeder. And understand that just because an Ameraucana is one of the 8 approved APA varieties does not guarantee it will meet all SOP standards as breeding can sometimes produce not-so-perfect birds. That's why you need to go to a highly approved quality breeder to get true Ameraucanas. So far feed stores only sell EE chicks. Some private sellers list their EEs as Ameraucanas simply because they bought chicks through a hatchery or feed store that had labeled the EEs as Ameraucanas. Buyer beware. If you want your lady's birds critiqued on the BYC thread take photos and post them on the "Ameraucana thread for posting pictures and discussing our birds updated" and BYC answers will most likely quickly ID whether the birds are Ameraucana or not. Hope this helps you!
    1. Isolde-1
      could you post what web site you found? Please
      Isolde-1, Dec 22, 2017
  10. SHERRING7712
    I am looking at a local lady that wants to reduce the size of her flock and has quite a few pullets of different breeds available. She says that she has Ameraucanas, but after reading that a lot are actually EE's how would I tell by looking at them which they are?

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