Ameraucana

General Information

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

Latest reviews

Pros: Love this! very informational, and it helped me learn more stuff for fair!!!
Cons: None
Pros: Beautiful. Alert. Calm when handled.
Cons: Skittish. Have a strong pecking order even as chick's so need to give lots of space and be weary of chick's with odd behaviors.
Good description differentiating for EE and araucana.
Pros: Cutest little thing, sweet, pretty
Cons: Stop laying in winter!
They are great pets or layers. But they stop laying in the winter time! :(
Purchase Price
$5 dollars a chick.
Purchase Date
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Comments

Hello. Those of you that have Ameraucanas I hope you can help me. My husband bought 5 What he thinks are Ameraucanas they are chicks, they have black beaks black/bluish feet/legs. They also have feathers on their feet. How will I know if they are Ameraucanas or Americanas? Thank you!
ameracuanas don't have feathered feet.
 
I was told that TSC don't have Americana Chics so that being said I'm not sure what mine is considered then, is she an Easter Egger or Americana. Which would they be? I Bought them from TSC who had them listed as Americana's I have pics if I can figure out how to post them. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2166237847006633&set=pb.100008613152941.-2207520000.1567542918.&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2166237830339968&set=pcb.2166238560339895&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2166237767006641&set=pcb.2166238560339895&type=3&theater
 

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