Ameraucana 10 wk old: Roo or not?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Jenxx, Nov 17, 2015.

  1. Jenxx

    Jenxx New Egg

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    I picked this gorgeous bird up this weekend, knowing there was a chance it was a too, but hoping it isn't. I'm new to Ameraucanas, and sexing birds, quite frankly. This bird was born in August. Thoughts, and why? [​IMG]
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  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A beautiful rooster.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Easter Egger, and it's a cockerel.
     
  4. Jenxx

    Jenxx New Egg

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    I've tried discerning the defining characteristics between an EE vs Ameraucanas, as well as identifying early sex characteristics. Can you tell me what distinguishes this as an EE, as well as a roo? Many thanks!
     
  5. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 Back in the land of the living (I think) Premium Member

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    Love his color!

    I'd say cockerel because of his tail feathers, his upright stance, and his neck and saddle feathers.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Cockerel.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Easter egger cockerel.

    Any bird at this age with a red comb is male. Plus, he has a triple row of peas (ridges) running down his comb. Pullets have a single row down the middle.

    This color pattern is pretty exclusively male in Easter eggers.

    Ameraucana, like all breeds, come in standard colors for feathers, legs and egg color. Your bird's feather color does is not one of the accepted colors for the breed, thus he defaults to Easter Egger. If you want true Ameraucana, you need to research the colors they come in. Just like buying a Plymouth Rock, you don't just buy a Rock. You get a barred Rock, or a white Rock, etc. For Ameraucana the most common colors seem to be black/blue/splash and wheaton.
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    He is not one of the accepted standard colors for Ameraucana, and he's got yellowish skin on the legs/feet. Ameraucana have white skin, and it's a dominant trait.
    Most hatcheries and feed stores that sell Ameraucana are really selling Easter Eggers. The only hatchery that has true Ameraucana. True Ameraucana usually cost about $14 to $20 per chick. True Ameraucana are always marketed as a specific color. If no color variety is specified, it's most likely an Easter Egger.
     
  9. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    He is a really pretty boy! I had one that looked just like him.
     
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on donrae's post.
     

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