Ameraucana

Average User Rating:
4.17083/5,
  • 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. Mercurygirl68
    5/5,
    "Sweet Hens"
    Pros - Gentle, Aesthetically pleasing, varied colors, colored eggs
    Cons - Low on Pecking order, gets bullied during snack time
    We love our Ameraucana Hens. We have 5 that are mixed in with 4 other breeds for a total of a 50 hen flock. These ladies are so sweet and demure. They are gentle to handle, very curious and ours are great foragers. They all have different but gorgeous feathers. We can't wait to see our first egg. This one's name is Silver, she has the sweetest grey beard! Very light weight birds and ours don't struggle with you when they are held!
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    Purchase Date:
    May 23, 2018
  2. 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.
    Mercurygirl68, Acorn.emmy and stavo like this.
  3. Donald K Allen
    5/5,
    "Awesome Breed"
    Pros - Love the Ameraucana Chickens~~ Good Layers and easily kept~~
    Great Chickens and easily kept~~
    Mercurygirl68 likes this.

User Comments

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  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
      breege likes this.
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. Cluckcluck1215
    YES.Agreed, I have 4 EEs abs they are sweet, pretty and kind.
  10. haileyeverhart
    Shes eating the feathers for protein.

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