Ameraucana winter hardy laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dustinnvnorth, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Dustinnvnorth

    Dustinnvnorth Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 9, 2012
    Reno NV
    Are true Ameraucana considered winter hardy just because of their small wattle, comb, and types of feathers? Are they a good winter laying breed for high elevation and cold winters? Temps in the singles and teens.
  2. AJ Farms

    AJ Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2012
    Here's some good information for you

    The Ameraucana breed was derived from blue egg laying chickens, but they do not have the breeding problems inherent to Araucanas. In addition, rather than ear tufts, they have muffs and a beard, and are very hardy and sweet. They lay eggs in shades of blue, and even have blue (or "slate") legs. Less rare than Araucanas, they are still quite rare and only available through breeders at this time. They should not be confused with Easter Eggers, which can lay blue and green eggs, and do not conform to any breed standard. However, many hatcheries continue to call their Easter Eggers "Americanas" (and other various misspellings). If you are interested in showing your birds, make sure that you have true Ameraucana or Araucana.

    Blue Ameraucana Hen

    Class: All Other Breeds
    Type: Large Fowl & Bantam
    Size: Medium (6-7 lbs)
    Rarity: Rare
    Purpose: Egg-laying
    Recognized Varieties: Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten, White

    Egg Laying: Good (3/wk)
    Egg Color: Blue
    Egg Size: Medium

    Comb Type: Pea Comb
    Crested: No
    Feathered Legs: No
    Number of Toes: 4

    Hardy In Winter: Yes
    Bears Confinement: Bears confinement well
    Especially Docile: Yes
    Setter/Broody: No
    Personality: Fun

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  3. Azriel

    Azriel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2010
    I love my Ameraucana, they are excellent cold weather layers. They don't really like going out in the snow, but will on sunny days.
  4. Mugs

    Mugs Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 2, 2012
    Mine are doing great with the cold here in Wisconsin. Right now it's pretty warm but we had a cold snap when the temps were down to the low teens. They seemed just fine and happy in the cold.

    As for laying they ain't the greatest. One will lay for a couple of weeks and then go broody so stop laying. The other seems to be having a mini molt. She's been the better layer but isn't now.
  5. JSW99

    JSW99 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 6, 2012
    My Easter Eggers (which are a mix breed of Ameraucanas and Aracaunas) are great layers in the winter! I have three of them and they are extremely small birds (I think their bantams) and they usually out lay my 4 bigger birds
  6. Dustinnvnorth

    Dustinnvnorth Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 9, 2012
    Reno NV
    Thats interesting about the bantams. Most published literature I have read says they dont lay as well as large fowl. Recently I have heard several accounts of bantam Chantecler laying better than their full size counterparts.
  7. JSW99

    JSW99 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 6, 2012
    this is very true in my case
  8. blackgum

    blackgum Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2012
    in the woods
    my lay good in winter also
  9. prettychicky

    prettychicky Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2017
    Are the Ameraucanas good at hiding their eggs? All of my chickens are still laying eggs, my silkies are even starting to lay their first eggs! But I can’t seem to find any blue eggs. Thank you!
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    All 'Ameraucanas' are not actually Ameraucanas,
    but are Easter Eggers, so may lay brown eggs.
    Full side view pics of birds should tell the tale.

    Here is how you can tell if birds are laying or not.

    ...and if they appear to be laying, and you free range then:
    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for a week or so can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. Fake eggs/golf balls in the nests can help 'show' them were to lay. They can be confined to coop and maybe run 24/7 for a few days to a week, provided you have adequate space and ventilation, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.

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