Ameraucanas?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Jea918, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. Jea918

    Jea918 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've read a lot of about people saying that they have ameraucanas, but they're really easter eggers. Is there a way to tell a difference?
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Several ways. The most obvious is color. Easter Eggers will come in all sorts of colors, none of them being real, accepted varieties. Ameraucanas will always be sold prefixed with a variety, e.g. a "Wheaten" Ameraucana or a "Blue" Ameraucana.

    Ameraucanas will always have a pea comb, slate legs, a beard and ear muffs. and lay blue eggs. Easter Eggers will generally have a pea comb, slate legs, a beard and ear muffs, and lay blue or green eggs. About 20% will lack one or more of these traits.

    Ameraucanas are much more expensive than Easter Eggers - Ameraucanas cost $10-$30 for chicks and $50+ for adult pullets or hens, whereas Easter Eggers will be $3-$6 as chicks and $20-$30 for adult pullets or hens.

    Ameraucanas will almost always come from breeders whereas Easter Eggers will be found at common feed stores and the like.
     
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  4. Jea918

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    I have one that is a beautiful smokey grey with those traits and one that is a brown, tan, black mix with those traits. Of course at the feed store they were labeled ameraucanas, but I figured only time would tell.
     

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