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. peopleRanimals2
    That is a beautiful egg!
  2. peopleRanimals2
    She could be low on protein, and to get it, she is eating the feathers.
  3. JLBS
    This is an update to my earlier post. My ameraucana has started laying beautiful blue eggs. We were so happy to find the large blue egg in her nest area. She kept running back and forth from the pen to us, so we checked her nest and there it was, blue as the sky! We are getting about three a week from her, which is wonderful.
  4. AthenaT
    I have 2 Ameraucana's and they are all white with cheek puffs and beards they lay beautiful robins egg blue eggs...I also have 4 Easter eggers...1 olive egger that lays green 1 EE that lays brown and 2 that lay pink eggs... My EE's are beautiful colorful birds and were sold to me as Ameraucana's as well...I love a colorful egg basket...that being said my real Ameraucana's are much calmer and cuddlier than my EE's as a whole .I wouldnt be without any of them
  5. SJchickens
    What you have are easter eggers. They look like Ameraucanas, but they are pretty much the mutts of the chicken world, mixed with various birds, whereas Ameraucanas are a pure breed with very specific parameters. Ameraucanas are different when it comes to personality and looks, thus, your review would probably be more helpful here: http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/easter-eggers. I hear easter eggers are lovely birds. Enjoy them!
  6. Bigwig
    They are pure ameraucanas. Sorry about the typo.
  7. JLBS
    I know that she is still young, and that the environment can affect her egg laying behavior. Once she lays eggs, I will update my post to reflect what she does. Yes, she does have an interesting face. We call her facial feathers "mutton chops". I will eventually post a picture of her. Thanks for your comment. :)
  8. vivafulano
    Ameraucanas are sweet calm chickens that enjoy people. they produce enough eggs to merit keeping them especially because of their funny face feathers. Maybe it has been to cold or lack of light that she has not started giving you eggs.
  9. bhaugh
    That picture was already there. I didn't post a pic of my birds. And to Hellbender....I only have so much room for birds. My birds are well taken care of. Since placing the bird, the flock is happier now that she isn't pecking and chasing them. They are quieter and hopefully their feathers will grow back.
  10. PapaChaz
    the chicken in that picture doesn't have any beard.......wondering if that's the one you're talking about because it doesn't really look like an ameraucana to me

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