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Ameraucana, Araucana or Easter Egger

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by joebwe25, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. joebwe25

    joebwe25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We bought an Ameraucana from C.M. Estes hatchery a few years ago.
    They said she was an Ameraucana but when I saw pics of Ameraucanas they hardly looked anything like her.
    Here she is.
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    Please, tell me what you think

    P.S. Are Araucanas and Easter Eggers the same or two totally different breeds? The hatchery said they're the same.
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2007
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I think she's an Easter Egger. The hatchery is incorrect. Araucanas are a true breed with set standards, as are Ameraucanas. Easter Eggers are just mutts with the gene for producing blue or blue/green eggs. Most hatcheries do not sell anything but Easter Eggers, to my knowledge.
    Here are some pics of my true Ameraucanas, whose sire was a show quality rooster.
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  3. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    So how do you ensure that you are getting a true Ameraucana when purchasing from a hatchery?

    (I had thought to use the backyard pet site as I don't need 25+ chickens. )
     
  4. joebwe25

    joebwe25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are some more pics.
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  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'm think you'd almost have to buy from a breeder to be sure. Below is the standard for Ameraucanas-if you already have one that's supposed to be, I guess you could go down the list and see if it matches up:
    AMERAUCANA VARIETIES (Large Fowl & Bantam)



    Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten & White





    AMERAUCANA SHAPE (Large Fowl & Bantam Males)



    COMB: Pea.

    BEAK: Curved.

    FACE: Nearly hidden by muffs.

    EYES: Expressive.

    WATTLES: Small, preferably absent.

    EARLOBES: Small.

    MUFFS AND BEARD: Full, well-rounded, medium length.

    HEAD: Medium size.

    NECK: Well-arched.

    HACKLE: Full.

    BACK: Medium length.

    SADDLE: Medium in length.

    TAIL: Well spread, medium length, carried at 45º above horizontal.

    WINGS: Fairly large, tips carried above the hock joint.

    BREAST: Prominent.

    BODY AND STEARN: Body of medium length, stern well-tucked up.

    LEGS AND TOES: Medium length set apart, four toes





    AMERAUCANA SHAPE (Large Fowl & Bantam Females)



    COMB: Pea.

    BEAK: Curved.

    FACE: Nearly hidden by muffs.

    EYES: Expressive.

    WATTLES: Small, preferably absent.

    EARLOBES: Small.

    MUFFS AND BEARD: Full, well-rounded, medium length.

    HEAD: Medium size.

    NECK: Medium length.

    HACKLE: Full.

    BACK: Medium length.

    CUSHION: Moderate.

    TAIL: Medium length, well spread, carried at 40º angle above horizontal.

    WINGS: Fairly prominent, carried above the hock joint.

    BREAST: Full.

    BODY AND STEARN: Full but trim, fluff well-tucked up.

    LEGS AND TOES: Medium length, four toes.
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:Well.. you can't. You can't even get a "real" RIR from a hatchery... To get a real one you have to go to a breeder.
     
  7. joebwe25

    joebwe25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry about my pics.
    I don't know if you can see them or not.
     
  8. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    is this just an EE then?
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That looks very much like my own true Ameraucana, Scout, in the above pics. His sire was show quality, definitely not EE. Yours appears to me to be an Ameraucana, not an EE, but I am no expert on these breeds.
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2007
  10. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Would like to see a better profile pic of that one. But it does look like a proper ameraucana.
     

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