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. BriskRooster
  2. Wineart
    So, my picture of Frango pecking the dirt is an Easter Egger? Not what I ordered. lol
  3. junebuggena
    Both of the pictures show Easter Eggers, not Ameraucana.
  4. marchick
    I looked up the hatchery. It said "araucana/ameraucana also known as easter eggers!" I didn't see anywhere on there that sold true ameraucanas. Sorry!
  5. hotlipshens
    You don not have purebred ameraucanas, you have hatchery stock mixes better known as Easter eggers.
  6. peopleRanimals2
    That is a beautiful egg!
  7. peopleRanimals2
    She could be low on protein, and to get it, she is eating the feathers.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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!

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