are the Ameracaunas and Auracaunas one and the same??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mmtillman, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. I just ordered my new flock from Cackle Hatchery, and I thought I ordered 5 of those hens that lay the colored eggs?? That is what the lady at the feed store told me , when I asked her.

    But... I am confused. [​IMG]
    I think I ordered 'Ameracaunas'. If so ...then are 'Auracaunas' the same thing ?
    If are they different....?[​IMG]
    As you can probally tell by now...I am a total newbie;)
    We had a flock last year , that was given to us ....but the foxes or coons [​IMG] dug under the door and wiped out the entire flock. [​IMG]
    I have lots to learn about the different breeds...have got the basic breeds figured out ...but dont know enough yet to be able to ID the birds.....
    Also ..another question while I am on the subject of breeds....
    Is there a 'chart' that list all the abbrev. of the breeds ??
    I see the abbrevation EE alot...dont have a clue what it means yet....
    [​IMG] I DO know what RIR is [​IMG] cause I ordered 5 of them as well!! [​IMG]
    Anyway...I have 25 chicks comin in April . We built the new coop this winter , an 8x8x7 barns style predator proof ! building, and are putting the final touches to it ....we just put the first coat of Antique Red on today after priming it yesterday !! [​IMG][​IMG]
    I am way beyond excited about having chickens again!!
    Thanks in advance and for all the advice I recieved since I found BYC !! We are looking forward to learning so much more in the future!!!! [​IMG]

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC!
    Well, Cackle has neither Ameraucanas or Araucanas. They have a mixed type we call Easter Eggers. To get a true Ameraucana or Araucana, you must go to a breeder. In fact, those two look quite different, actually. Please use our great search feature and look at threads involving these breeds. It's been discussed alot here! Here is one breeder's explanation of the differences:
  3. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    EE=Easter Egg - a chicken that is a mix, that contains Ameraucanas or Araucanas (both are blue layers) in the bloodlines possible resulting in green, blue, pink, or brown eggs

    That's what it means to me. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2009
  4. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Songster

    Dec 31, 2007
    Washington State

    In short, "No." They are not the same thing. In fact, what you got from Cackle is neither an Ameraucana or an Araucana.

    To save yourself a lot of time and reading, I suggest just doing a search on "Ameraucana", "Easter Egger", and "Araucana". My guess is that you'll have more to read that you want! LOL

    God Bless,
  5. jossanne

    jossanne Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I don't know if there is a link to explain all the abbreviations, but I'll give you a quick list off the top of my head...

    BA - black australorp
    EE - easter egger
    BR - barred rock
    SLW - silver-laced wyandotte
    GLW - golden-laced wyandotte
    BLRW - blue-laced red wyandotte
    RIR - rhode island red
    RIW - rhode island white
    LF - large fowl of any breed (not bantam)
    BO - buff orpington
    WL - white leghorn
    PR - partridge rock
    BBS or B/B/S - blue/black/splash (what you get when breeding blue birds)

    Ummmmm That's all I can think of right now. Maybe someone will come along and add to the list for ya!

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