Ameracauna vs. EE ??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mirandamommy, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. mirandamommy

    mirandamommy Out Of The Brooder

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    I got my chicks from a local feed store. I'm not sure where they had received them from. Since reading more on this site, I have learned that Ameracauna's aren't that common. Is that right? How will I know what type mine are. They were sold as Ameracauna's, but...it seems that can be hit or miss. I'll attach a pic of one. They're 7 weeks old. Some have puffy cheeks. Is that a sole indicator of which breed?

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    I already posted this same pic earlier, but I think it's the best one.
     
  2. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    The 'puffy' cheeks are americaunas...that's called 'tuffed.' I just learned that the other day actually. Ppl kept saying rumpless/tuffed in reference to araucanas & I was clueless [​IMG] Rumpless basically means no butt/tail feathers...as best I can figure LOL
    Kristi
    p.s. what I'd like to know is WHY the 2 breeds...which obviously look pretty different in the end, have such similar names...was it a goof, or did the 'Amers' start out from the 'Araus'?
     
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    http://www.ameraucana.org

    Lots of pictures and information there. You bought EE's

    Your bird really isn't showing the classic beard and muffs or body structure.

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  4. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    Quote:Wow! Thanks for that...I love it when I am wrong & someone teaches me why! Thanks for that link kstaven [​IMG]
    I always thought EEs were just mutts of *any* kind and that Araucanas had no tuffs at all...
    Kristi
     
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  5. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Tx dane. Only araucana have tufts. Very different from the Ameraucana MUFFS.

    This is a tufted araucana

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  6. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    Ha it looks like a 50's hair do! [​IMG]
    It IS very different. So my girl is just totally an EE then....nice to know. So NOW I see that the Araucanas ARE very rare b/c I certainly have never seen one....
    Kristi
     
  7. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Lots of misconceptions about both breeds out there. Many sights where the information is not correct, so it is easy to get confused when discussing these two breeds.

    Then add into the mix that the european standard is a totally different bird from ours.

    European araucana. Note the beard.

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  8. bearcat73

    bearcat73 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will definitely check out that website. I want true Ameracaunas. According to the charts I've been looking at, they lay larger and more eggs than the aracaunas.

    Are EEs a totally different breed altogether? Or are they Ameracaunas mixed with something else?
     
  9. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    WHat was it about green legs? I got 2 americauna pullets...but they have green legs...does that mean they are americaunas or are they too EEs??
     
  10. DougD

    DougD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ameraucanas do not have green legs.
     

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