ameracuana, EE's- learnng diff here

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by cariboujaguar, May 12, 2009.

  1. cariboujaguar

    cariboujaguar Songster

    Feb 14, 2009
    Is it possible to breed EE's up to the Ameracuana standard? I have a few EE hens now and am picking up 2 purebred Ameracuana roo's from a woman who shows and breeds but these two boys came out with tails and no muffs... would they possibly make babies who did have muffs and were rumpless? Could I someday get a really nice roo and breed the flock up to purbred? That's how things can be done with some goats, so I'm curious if it's the same with chickens... thanks!

  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    You need to clarify what breed you have and what breed you want as it seems your are referring to two seperate birds in your question.
  3. cottagegarden

    cottagegarden Eggistentialist

    Oct 2, 2008
    SE PA
    It would be so much work(and money if you think about the feed to grow out all the ones with the traits you want) to do that when it is easier just to buy good ones from the start.
    You might want to check over the sticky at the top of the page for the differences. Its Araucana who are rumpless, not Ameraucana but Amers do have the beards and muffs. So, no, you unless you have rumpless EE hens you arent going to get them with purebred Amer Roos. You will have a nice flock of EE's though.

    If you want Ameraucana that meet the Standard you are better off buying eggs from someone on BYC or birds/eggs/chicks from someone in the Ameraucana Breeders Club. Or even buy some chicks from the breeder who you are getting these Roos from. But be clear.the odds are these Roos will throw some bearded chicks and some not with a purebred hen. Again great if youhave a flock of EE's, not so if you want to breed Ameraucanas that meet the Standard. These Roos are culls from a breeding program, just keep that in mind and what you do depends on what you want your end result to be.

    You would probably have alot of fun breeding yours with these, but you would have to produce so many chicks to get a visual standard....and even if it looks purebred, it just isnt going to reproduce pure for you. Not a problem if its just your project, but you would never be able to sell them as purebred Ameraucanas. I think the Roos are a good example for you to learn...even a good breeder gets traits that are undesirable now and again. You just dont use them for breeding if you want purebreds that meet a Standard. BUT backyard flocks...just fine!!

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