Ameraucana Temperaments

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by skeeter9, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    Please tell me about the temperaments of your Ameraucana ( not EE's, please). I have a few that are about a year-and -a-half old, and they are mean, aggressive, and cannibalistic. I know lots of people have them, so I'm hoping you will respond so that I can decide whether I want to try some more with different breeding, or whether I want to give up on the breed.


  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    My three Ameraucanas are just a delight. I have two blue pullets and my black cockerel, Scout. Charlotte is laying and she is a love; likes to be picked up and loved on. Silver is a bit more skittish, but is getting better now. She even jumped in my lap the other day because Charlotte was sitting up there. None have ever been the least bit aggressive or cannibalistic. I have been very pleased with them.
    Edited to add: I do believe that temperament is genetic to a degree. I had a group of aggressive, cannibalistic Delawares, contrary to their reputation, so I think it was a bad strain. Maybe it's the same with your Ameraucanas.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2007
  3. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    Mine are shy, timid and not cannibalistic at all. They have always been on the bottom of the pecking order. I have had a couple of roosters that were very aggressive breeders, but the hens have always been rather shy.

  4. Rebeccahorse

    Rebeccahorse In the Brooder

    Jul 10, 2007
    I have two, one black, and one tan, they are both nice hens, they are more docile and do not try to attack other hens. My Isa Browns on the other hand are sometimes vicious. Try putting mentholatulm or something that tastes bad on the ones where they are getting picked on and see if when the Auraucanas get a mouthful of that they stop being nasty.
  5. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    Rebecca - that's a great suggestion. The other thought I had is that as soon as I raise some more egg-layers, they may go into the stew pot!!! Unfortunately, the last batch of eggs I hatched had 5 roos and no hens - can you believe it???

    Cynthia, I was thinking that, since I am getting some of your Blue Orp eggs in March, that I may have you put in some of your Ameraucana eggs, too. I was just wanting some feedback from people on their experiences with them, because I don't want to have any more vicious hens. I think it must be a bad batch, because they were hand-raised with the rest of my girls and they are the only ones who are nasty. They also come from a hatchery, so they are probably EE's and I'm sure they don't breed for temperament.

    Rafter 7 - thanks for responding. How old are your hens? Mine didn't turn nasty until they were about 16 or 17 months old.

  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Ok, Lori, I'll add that note to my book.
  7. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    Cyn, please, if you don't mind. I want to try some Ameraucanas that come from somewhere besides a chick mill.
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I hear that, LOL. You're on for the 16th of March for mail out, as of right now. Naturally, that's awhile away and you can't predict what the birds will do, but I hope to have another pullet or two laying soon after that date to help out with the demand.
  9. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    Thanks, Cyn. I am very excited to get the eggs this spring. Hope your ladies are ready to meet the increasing demand!!!

  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Just cross your fingers that two out of the three of the Ameraucanas I'm incubating is a pullet!

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