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Chicken Breeds item created by pips&peeps, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - Beautiful eggs, self-relient, variety of feather colors
Cons - None
Personally, this is my favorite breed.
I have a mixed flock and have to say, the Americauna takes the cake for me. I don't like a bird that is very dependent on me, I used to love my barred rocks for that reason but then it became annoying. I like an independent bird. The different colored varieties make it so much fun to "collect them all." I currently have a blue wheaten americauna rooster, 2 red hens, a blue, black, and 2 splash americauna hens. They are generally a friendly breed with other flock members but stick closer to the top of the pecking order in my home. The bearded ladies are just the best, their little fuzz ball babies with the chipmunk cheeks.. just love it. Mine are excellent foragers and do well with avoiding predators. The reason I say that is because my barred rock was too friendly with the wrong creatures, my americauna's don't take the risk and I like that.
Pros - Consistent egg layers, low maintenance, cold-hardy
Cons - Not as friendly as other breeds, somewhat difficult to find quality birds
I have always been a fan of Ameraucanas. They come in gorgeous, vibrant colors. Their blue eggs are definitely a plus, and mine lay on a near daily basis.
The couple that I have mix well with the flock, and are fairly quiet. They are low maintenance, and as their comb is small (pea comb) they are resistant to cold winters. I would definitely recommend this as a starter chicken breed, since they are a really easy breed to own, and look beautiful.
The only "problem" I really have with the breed is that they tend to be a bit people shy. This might not be a problem for others, but as I show my birds it can be a bit challenging to prepare for shows and handling them for maintenance. It's also difficult, compared to other breeds, to find a nearby breeder that sells and shows quality birds. Many online hatcheries sell "Ameraucanas", but they're usually Easter Eggers or mutt Ameraucanas (colors crossed that create unaccepted variations). It's also not uncommon for Ameraucanas to have "leaks" in their coloration, such as red feathers found on a black Ameraucana.
If your intention is to have this breed for their eggs, then they are a great breed to invest in. However, if you're looking to show these birds it definitely requires some research in finding nice quality birds.
Pros - So kind and cute
I dont understand the reviews on them being skittish, its called babying them! If you want a nice chicken you have to play with them and make them think youre the mother hen. I know I have, they call for me when i leave the room and just generally love being around me, I love it. Bottom line, dont listen to others saying this breed is skittish, they are very docile birds so if they say theyre skittish, its just how they raised them
Pros - GREAT LAYER, FORAGES WELL,NON-AGGRESSIVE
Cons - CAN BE A LITTLE LOUD
I have one full Ameraucana (we named her Liberty) and she so far (two weeks) been a great bird. She was laying when we got her and despite the long hot caged car ride home (3 hours) she kept right on laying. Since we got her she lays about 3 days and then takes a day off. She lays very late in the day though. When we got her she had been the favorite among the Roo's and was missing most of the feathers on her back and back of her head. We doctored her up when we first got her as the skin was red and raw and she did fine. She doesn't like being caught...but once she is she settles down. She too (like my two EE's) isn't very concerned about treats and would rather forage. (Although everybody loves Mama's strawberry, banana, & mealworm popsicles.) She isn't aggressive to the rest of the flock, even my adolescents (she's about a year and a half old). She has established herself as the queen bee without being aggressive. She won't poop in the coop and holds it though the night until she is let out in the morning (You would think a large dog was in the run by the size of her poos). She does get pretty noisy when alarmed (which is good). She also gets loud before and after she lays! I guess she is announcing that she's gonna and then that she's done! So far I really enjoy her and being as she is the only hen that I have that is currently paying rent I'd have to rate her at the top of my flock!
Pros - Looks after my barred rock,very good layer,mostly gentle
Cons - None so far.
I love our Ameraucana Cider. She looks after the other chicken,is a very good layer,and is pretty gentle. Although she doesn't like to be picked up,she won't struggle if I do.
Pros - They are great layers, friendly, have funny personalities, do well in cold climates
Cons - Do not do good in condinement
Amazing birds will definitely get more
Pros - smart, great layers, friendly
Mt Ameraucanas lay green and blue eggs which are nice non dyed Easter eggs! They lay a few times a week and are great foragers mainly eating grass, rolly polys and other bugs they find in the yard. They are great in the cold and warm seasons. They are smart and friendly and great for a small backyard flock!
Pros - Friendly, cute, awesome!
We got our ameraucanas about two weeks ago and I love them! Our ameraucans, Mary, Georgie, and Caroline are all blue. Their plumage is absolutely gorgeous! And I love stroking their beards. They get along with the rest of the flock perfectly and I love going to the barn to collect eggs and finding blue ones. This is one of my favorite breeds!
Pros - Friendly, beautiful egg color, beautiful birds
Cons - For us at least, they completely stopped laying after about 4 and a half years
Awesome birds. We've been keeping them for about six or seven years now. The one that we have left from our original batch (6-7 years old now) has since stopped laying eggs but in her younger days they all laid about 6 eggs a week in the first year. After that production slowed a little but we were still overrun with eggs from our 5 Ameraucanas and 1 Barred Rock.
They are a super gentle, friendly breed who come when they are called for a tasty treat and they will follow you around the yard if you let them. This has been my favorite breed so far (we have since gotten breeds of ducks and many other breeds of chickens) and their beautiful eggs will have all your neighbors wanting eggs. They certianly do add a splash of color to the egg basket in the morning!
Pros - good layers, good foraging chickens, low maintenance, gorgeous feathering
Cons - not lap chickens, can be flighty...
our 13 ameracaunas are beautiful and good layers, never go broody, and are good foragers… one of my favorite breeds!