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amaurcauna baby doesn't have "cheeks" like others

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ChelseysChicken, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. ChelseysChicken

    ChelseysChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Picked up four \amercauna/ pullets today and am totally new to the breed but noticed one of the chicks doesn't have the prom cheek feathers...what do y'all think/know..is shet an ee?? [​IMG]
     
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  2. K Spot

    K Spot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say EE - you can usually only get true, purebred Ameraucanas from breeders.
     
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  3. ChelseysChicken

    ChelseysChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know thanks! Next time I may do more research! Though I'm not too specific on breeds I just couldn't pass up those cheeks!
     
  4. akelley

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    The general ri le of thumb is that if they're from a hatchery/feed store, they're EEs, no matter what the website/sign says.

    My EEs are from Ideal hatchery. My only muff-less girl is pure white, and looked just like your chick when she was little.
     
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  5. WalkingOnSunshine

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    An even better way to make sure you're getting what you think you are is to look for a specific color added to the name Ameraucana--this is especially true if you're buying off eBay or Craigslist. No breeder of Ameraucanas will ever just list "Ameraucanas for sale." Instead, it will be Blue Ameraucanas or BBS Ameraucanas or Blue Wheaten Ameraucanas. Since the color of the plumage is so central to the definition of what is an Ameraucana, they will have this information. Another question to ask is whose line they are breeding from, where the original stock came from. They should be able to give you a name.

    Unfortunately, all your babies are EEs, not just the smooth cheeked one. Don't despair, though. I've had EE babies that were hatched smooth-faced, but developed puffy cheeks over time. And she may still lay a blue or green egg even without the puffy cheeks; while the presence of a beard is correlated to the blue egg gene, it's not as closely tied as the pea comb gene. If the baby doesn't have a beard OR a pea comb then it might not be an EE and it's far less likely to lay blue or green eggs.
     
  6. KieksterChicken

    KieksterChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. ChelseysChicken

    ChelseysChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A lot of great info! Thanks y'all! I'm sure glad I wasn't going specifically for that breed or I would be a bit upset! However, Im not specific at all so all is grand :D I really do appreciate the great information as I enjoy learning about chickens! Have a Great Day!!
     
  8. ChelseysChicken

    ChelseysChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks a ton!!
     

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