Ameraucana

Average User Rating:
4.14592/5,
  • 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. Crystalchickmama
    5/5,
    "So beautiful"
    Pros - These girls are sweet, funny, and give such pretty eggs
    Cons - none so far
    Americaunas are friendly and very nosy so they are just a hoot to have in your flock!
  2. kell
    5/5,
    "Mottled Ameracauna Project!"
    Pros - Friendly, docile, blue eggs
    Cons - Can be flighty
    Great birds. The friendliest cockerels I've ever had. Love to be hugged. Mine have orange eyes! IMG_8230.JPG
    Crystalchickmama likes this.
  3. rlhagan56
    5/5,
    "I love Ameraucana's"
    Pros - Friendly, Good Layer, Beautiful
    Cons - None
    I love them so much that that is all I raise now. I have Black, White, Splash, and Lavender/Self Blue. They are always friendly and lay gorgeous blue eggs.

User Comments

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  1. Cheetah1
    I meant cold hardy not cold friendly.
  2. hellbender
    hardy

    adjective, hardier, hardiest.
    1.capable of enduring fatigue, hardship, exposure, etc.; sturdy; strong:hardy explorers of northern Canada.2.(of plants) able to withstand the cold of winter in the open air.3.requiring great physical courage, vigor, or endurance:the hardiest sports.
  3. CGilbert
    I live in Northern Idaho and bought mine locally from a breeder near Spokane, WA. I don't know where I would get them online. From what I've read, most places that sell eggs or birds online aren't the true Ameraucana's, just Easter Eggers.
    I'm having the same problem trying to find Aracauna's.
  4. Becca51
    I am wanting to get a few pullets so the grandgirls can gather some colorful eggs. Do you know of a good place to purchase them?
  5. CogburnIsMyRoo
    I have three and absolutely love them!
  6. hotlipshens
    Your birds are very pretty but they are not ameraucanas - they are Easter eggers...a very popular hybrid.
  7. AlaskaDad
    I have five Ameraucanas along with four RIR's and two barred rocks. When I first got the girls, one Ameraucana recruited the others to fly out of the run and roost in the nearby spruce trees. After this little incident, I went to a friend and picked up some used gill nets to cover my run. The girls still have a nice spruce tree to roost in as I teepee'd the netting 8 feet up into the tree in the center of the run. We've decided to let them free range in the summer when they'll likely take to the trees again. I have one in particular that is very curious and always comes to me wanting me to pet her. :) She loves testing the gate, the door, the window, the wire; all in hopes of one day escaping to the yard...again.
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  8. Bigwig
    Mine three year old ameraucana hens have not laid an egg in months!! They will lay a few eggs over a period of about a week and then stop laying for a long time.
  9. chickenlover292
    I have 3 ameraucanas and they are about 4 months old and I love they're colors. They are black, brown and golden. What I need to know is do the ones with what I call fuzzy ears are roosters or hens. I have two of those and a non-fuzzied ears
  10. Nicks Chickens
    Plz comment on the pic :]

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