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.
    Acorn.emmy and stavo like this.
  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. angusb
    Ditto. An EE is not an Ameraucana.
  2. chickndoglover
    Mine are just hatchery birds so I guess they are not from pure lines, I guess they would be considered easter eggers.
  3. WhiteMountainsRanch
    True Ameraucanas eggs should be various shades of blue to blue-green. Ameraucanas should not lay green or olive eggs at all.
  4. WhiteMountainsRanch
    Ameraucanas are easily and commonly confused, but are not actually the same breed.
  5. Illia
    Feedstores, like their supplying hatcheries, sell under false claim. They call them Ameraucanas, or Americaunas, or Araucanas - But the better name really is "Easter Egger" as they're not purebred. Ameraucanas lay blue eggs, like many Easter Eggers do, but they don't have green or yellow eggs (did yours?) they don't come in striped colors as chicks (except Silver, which is a very rare color) and they don't come in unpredictable, varied colors like Easter Eggers. They come in a set number of recognized colors, each separately breeding true/pure. Trust me, if you get striped chicks there out of an "Ameraucana" it's very very likely an Easter Egger. If you got it from a feedstore - It's 100% Easter Egger.
  6. Maggizzle35
    Interesting because that's what the Local feed store sells them as. I think you must be accurate that they are Easter Eggers. See I learn something new all the time. Do you have pics of chicks. Now I'm confused. These came from blue or greenish eggs, so those are Easter Eggers? What color eggs does an Ameraucana lay?
  7. Illia
    None of those chicks have an Ameraucana parent unless it is a Wheaten or Silver. Black especially is dominant to most any color, and you wouldn't see striped chicks like that come out. They are indeed adorable though. Also, Ameraucanas ideally only lay one color of egg. I think you're confusing with Easter Eggers.
  8. Rebe
    I have Ameraucana chickens 4 hens, they are excellent egg layers! I was told the Ameraucan chicken is the easter egg layer! I have their eggs in my incubator now, they will hatch the 21st of March, I can hardy wait, I got a oblong horse tank to put them in, after they hatch, with a 250 infared light, with cover, to keep them warm, also a screen over the top to rest the warming light on! A neighbor of mine did all this and she had good results! You can also put ply wood over part of the top to keep the heat in, if the weather is extra cold!
  9. Illia
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    If he was an EE, then why did you rate the Ameraucana? It's unfair to rate the Ameraucana as terrible from an experience with a completely different breed (or, mutt, really)
  10. Chicks Galore3
    they are? wonderful! My parents will be glad to hear that! :D

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