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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.
  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. 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. lifein1840
    I love this breed. I am taking a break from them this year to try new breeds, but next year I plan to get some more! They are great layers, happy, healthy, hardy hens! I had one go broody and wasn't the best mom, but still got them off to a good start. Not to mention the egg colors!!!!
      Isolde-1 likes this.
    1. Isolde-1
      what exactly do you feed them? Mine stopped laying this past June. very surprised:(
      Isolde-1, Dec 22, 2017
  3. SHRanchHen
    I love my Ameraucana. I see it says here that they lay medium eggs but I have been getting large and one in particular lays an extra large egg and typically they lay every day. I just hatched out 7 Lavendars (self blue), hoping I have mostly hens but at least one rooster. They are the most adorable chicks though and are wonderful hunters (snakes and mice!). LOVE THEM.
      draywil likes this.
  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
      Deborah Farinet likes this.
  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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