Ameraucana

Average User Rating:
4.16034/5,
  • 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. SherryLynn51
    5/5,
    "Absolutely beautiful"
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  2. 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!!!
    BlackHackle and maldojas like this.
  3. 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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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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  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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    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
  5. 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
  6. Crazyredhead
    Love my Ameraucanas, I have 5 and I rooster.
    2 older hen and an older Rooster which up until this spring he was awesome however something this spring changed. They are 4 yrs I believe and we had to treat a sick bird and our Rooster didn't like it and started attacking my husband now I can let him free range because he picks fight with my husband when he minding his own business.
    But my girls all the ages are awesome, sweet smart and gorgeous.
      Judy Romero-Saldana likes this.
  7. 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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  8. 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
  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. 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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