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. Chicks Galore3
    Please post updates, as i will be getting two!
  2. dlgd
    She's a buff (wheaten colored) Ameraucana and she IS a sweetie.
  3. NewChickHere
    I'm sorry but I think you might've posted this in the wrong place. This is a review for the Ameraucana, not the Buffs, although you sure make them sound great. :)
  4. dlgd
    I agree with you that the breed needs more publicity! I have a little buff and she is SO pretty, and she's a sweetie to boot! I'm happy to hear of another fan.
  5. WhiteMountainsRanch
    My Ameraucanas are the friendliest, least flighty, most wonderful chickens I have ever had. So far they are above average layers and I have gotten several broodies. LOVE my Ameraucanas.
  6. roysnider
    All my Ameraucanas are friendly with us. They lay plenty of eggs, with lights about 200 a year. easy to raise and show.
  7. SanctusPullus
    No, she and two others came together as the first birds into an empty coop. Supposedly, prior to that, she was docile and friendly among the three. We figured that the move "snapped" something in her or there was just something about the new arrangement she just couldn't adjust to. When she was placed in another larger established flock where she was definitely a stranger and lower on the totem pole, we were told she didn't seem to have any problems.
  8. Goose and Fig
    This is NOT typical of the Ameraucana breed. However, if you add just one hen to a coop full of birds, re-establishing the pecking order can be very hard on the new girl. Would never recommend doing that.
  9. Cloverleaf Farm
    Your girl isn't an "Ameraucana" but an Easter Egger... ;) Very pretty indeed!

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