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Chicken Breeds item created by pips&peeps, Jan 10, 2012
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!!!
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!
Pros - high production, color, healthy, very pretty hens, calm
Cons - slow growers, roosters are dull except blacks, mean when broody
I love my Ameraucanas. They are beautiful petite birds that are very smart. They lay normally every other day half the year and every day the other half.
Sometimes they are too smart. My girls will always find a way out of the pasture into the back yard to let me know if they feel supper is late.
They aren't fans of being touched but are calm and won't claw and scratch to get away.
Mine are very healthy birds and it seems never get sick.
I have only had one go broody and boy was she a mean brooder. Couldn't go near her nest with hissing and pecking. So, I gave in and let her have some eggs. Nope, she decided to start eating them. She would leave to eat a couple times a day which is normal for the first couple of weeks. But then if she came back to find someone else laying in her nest she through a fit and ate an egg or two. Then once she finally had a couple that made it to the last week and she was brooding 24/7 I thought ok all is well. Nope, she decided she was over it.
The roosters are pretty bland looking to me but are gentle and calm. They are constant talkers though.
The black roosters are beautiful with feathers flashing purples and blues. It is very hard to get one with no leakage (red flakes somewhere on a feather or two).
I love that you can breed to a certain shade of blue egg you want and that you can mix these birds with other breeds and get a rainbow of greens and blues in your egg basket.
They are truly a fun breed. Be very careful though, it is hard to find true Americana's with a pure blood line.
Ask for pictures of the chicks and compare to breed standards. Chicks are usually easier to spot as fake.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Pros - I find the Ameraucanas Cocks to be very hawk aware and my 6 are very even tempered to handle, hens good layers, gentle, good mothers, cold hardy zone 6
Cons - Roosters have a crow that really carries....
I currently have self-blue or what,others call lavender Ameraucanas. I think overall this line (lavenders)need more work in the males tail feather plumage overall but you can find some nice ones if you raise enough to select from and over the years it has vastly improved. I raised a run of the mill variety of Ameraucanas in the late 70s in FFA, took a 34 year break for an Air Force career and now back to them. A lot has been accomplished with them during my break. I find them to be just a bit on the skittish side when young compared to some Barred Rocks they were raised with. I find that flightishness to be slowly disappearing as they age. A good breed for me.