Ameraucana VS Araucana VS Easter Egger

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  1. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    This is an awesome article that explains the differences perfectly. Just throwing it out there. Pics in the article to help, but I didn't feel like saving and loading them on here, here's the highlights. For the full article see here:

    https://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2013/12/ameraucana-vs-araucana-vs-easter-egger.html

    AMERAUCANAS


    Ameraucanas are a pure breed that has been recognized by the APA (American Poultry Association) since 1984. They were most likely originally bred from South American blue egg laying breeds but were developed and standardized in the United States. They come in eight distinct colors including, Blue, Black, White and Wheaten, which all share these distinct Ameraucana traits:

    • Peacomb
    • Muffs and beard
    • Red earlobes
    • Tail
    • Blue legs
    • White foot bottoms
    • Always lay blue eggs

    ARAUCANAS


    Araucanas are more rare than Amerauacanas and harder to find. They are also a pure breed and have been recognized by the APA since 1976. They originated in Chile most likely and come in five colors including black, white, duckwing silver and golden. Araucanas all share these distinct Araucana traits:
    • Peacomb
    • Ear tufts (this gene is lethal to developing chicks if inherited by both parents)
    • Red earlobes
    • Rumpless (no tail)
    • Green or willow-colored legs
    • Yellow foot bottoms
    • Always lay blue eggs

    EASTER EGGERS

    Easter Eggers are not a recognized breed. They are mongrels or mutts - mixed breed chickens that do possess the blue egg gene, but don't fully meet the breed specifications of either Araucanas or Ameraucanas. They can come in any color or combination of colors and share these traits:
    • Any kind of comb
    • Muffs/beard/ear tufts or none
    • Any color earlobes
    • Tail or tail-less
    • Any color legs
    • Any color foot bottoms
    • Can lay blue but also sometimes lay green, tan, pink or even yellow
    So if you want to be guaranteed blue egg layers, you will want to raise some Araucanas or Ameraucanas; otherwise Easter Eggers are always fun because you never know what color egg each will lay until she starts laying, and even identical-looking hens often lay varying shades of bluish or greenish eggs.
     
  2. Crazy for Chickens!

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    Awesome article! Thanks for sharing!
     
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  4. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    I’ve actually noticed that many of the hatcheries do this. I think mypetchicken.com is the only one that sells true amaurucanas.
     
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  5. Lauren Adams

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    I love Amerecauna's SO MUCH!
     
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    very interesting !! I’m learning so much here :)
     
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    Thanks for the post.
     
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