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"
  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!!!
  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

User Comments

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  1. Bagdad Chicken Mom
    I can't believe out of 12 beautiful Ameraucana girls, seven years later and I only have 3 girls left my girls have laid a total of 5,407 eggs as of yesterday. My girls had one Buff Orpington, one Ameraucana rooster and a male and female blue & green peacocks in a large coup together. They were all raised as chicks and pea fowls together. We get 20-30 peacock eggs per year/season. If anything happens to my other three Ameraucana hens I will get 20 new girls, for I love this breed and their colored eggs.
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  2. HeadChick2014
    We have White Giants , Rhode Island Reds , Brown Leghorns , a few White Brahmas , & Barred Rocks , about 6 Americaunas , 1 Buff Orington ( Clucky ) she is such a sweetheart !!! Loves to be petted as often as possible !! 1 Silver laced Wyendotte ( Speckles ) she is a sweetheart as well !!
    And 2 Speckled Sussex , can't say enough great things about these 2 little Hens !! They are super friendly & curious about everything !! They love to be petted as Often as possible !! ( Salley & Sadie )
    I love all my " Girls " plus I have 2 Indian Runner male Ducks , which I simply adore !!! Ozzie & Harry ! Which they are wanting some girlfriends !! They are 11 months old . And we are going to be on our Whidbey Island , WA. 7th Annual Chicken Coop Tour Sat. April 23 , from 10 am to 4 pm .
  3. mortie
    Ameraucanas do NOT lay a variety of egg colors. You're talking about easter eggers. Sorry you had a bad experience, but this review doesn't belong in this section.
  4. eggsbert
    @hotlipshens We got ours from a local hatchery called Desert Springs Farms (whom you can locate here on BYC). They are not easter eggers.
  5. hotlipshens
    you might have Easter eggers,not ams
  6. hotlipshens
    mine come running to me
  7. hotlipshens
    Hatcheries dont sell wheatens
  8. Harborotter
    I love mine. My Roo jumps up to my bedroom window to beg for food and he will sit there and eat corn right out of my hand. I throw out treats and he calls all his ladies over to eat. He is very sweet and has never attacked me. They are very skittish as chicks, in my opinion, but mine are pretty smart and chill out as they age. My dog was chasing one of my hens the other day and she ran right up to my sliding glass door to be saved by us. The eggs are beautiful and my hens always flock around me. I love their muffs and they are a wonderful size. I have had a Roo that was mean and almost killed my pet goose. I don't know if I am am just lucky right now or what but my Blue Wheaten Roo and Lavender Roo are just wonderful. My last one tried killing one of his own chicks and mama had to put him in his place.

    He ended up in our pot. He was my only bad experience with this breed of bird. I will probably always own them.
  9. hicksfamily
    when the title says "bread" instead of "breed"....
  10. Mariejulianna
    They get better with age! I'm starting to learn that about all my skiddish girls! :)

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