We have one EE, and I think she is far superior to the four Brahmas we have.
She didn't get pasty butt, had no constipation, is the most vigorous scratcher, best at roosting, friendliest, bravest, quickest at finding bugs. Our brahmas will be still thinking about scratching in a pile of compost, and our EE has already tossed the compost all over the place and found 5 bugs. I feel like she is a sturdy mutt, and like the Brahmas are fancy poodles. (They are so sweet, and I love them, but they're just not as scrappy as our EE.)
I am quickly becoming an EE-fan, but I am curious about where you find breeders, and how much true Americaunas/Auricanas cost.
There is a true breeder of Ameraucauna in Birch Run, Michigan. His name is John Blehm and his website is www.chickhatchery.com. Go to his website and check it out. His chicks are only available in the spring. And order early. Like maybe now. He runs out quickly! Has a few other breeds available, too. I believe he has bantams and large fowl available.