Can someone answer this question?............

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Mourningdove, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2008
    Cleveland, Tn.
    Hi, I am wanting to know what the difference between theese 2 breeds?
    Americanas and Aracaunas? I am confused....
     
  2. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Araucanas are the original easter egg chicken from South America. They have adorable little tufts on the sides of their faces and are rumpless. I'm sure there's far more to the standard, but there are others more familiar with it than I. Ameraucanas were bred from Araucanas and American breeds. They lay blue/green/blue-green eggs and have a breed standard with which I am again woefully unfamiliar. They do have tails and have muffs instead of tufts. A Google image search will turn up some good photos, and as always, Feathersite is your friend.
     
  3. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    Up at the barn
    This is directly from the Ameraucana club website:

    Both breeds lay eggs with shells colored various shades of blue, have pea combs, and should have red earlobes. Beyond that few similarities exist in specimens meeting the requirements of recognized poultry standards. Perhaps 99 percent of chickens sold as Araucanas (or Ameraucanas) by commercial hatcheries are actually mongrels (aka Easter Egg chickens), meeting the requirements of neither breed.

    According to the American Poultry Association (APA), the Araucana breed must be rumpless (no tail) and have ear tufts. Ear tufts are clumps of feathers growing from small tabs of skin usually found at or near the region of the ear openings. This feature is unique in the U.S. to the Araucana breed. This trait is nearly always lethal to unhatched chicks when inherited from both parents. Tufted Araucanas, therefore, are always genetically impure, i.e., they don't breed true and will always produce a percentage of "clean-faced" offspring.

    The Ameraucana breed, on the other hand, has a tail and sports muffs and beard in the facial area. These characteristics are true-breeding. Other requirements of both breeds may be found in the APA's Standard of Perfection and in the American Bantam Association's (ABA) Bantam Standard.

    Hope this helps!

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  4. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    There's a great link somewhere with all the info but I can't find it at the moment.

    Simply though: Ameraucanas are a mixed breed that has Araucana in their background. Ameraucanas have tails and generally lay a green or blue egg but it can be pink or brown are various thereof.

    Ameraucanas are often sold by the Hatcheries but are actually EE's (Easter Eggers) which are mutt chickens. You generally have to find a breeder to find a true Ameraucana breed chicken.

    Araucana's are tailless and lay blue eggs and are VERY hard to find. You pretty much have to find a breeder to get a purebred.

    Edited: I'm so slow... see the answers above!
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2008
  5. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2008
    Cleveland, Tn.
    Yes thanks for the explainations this does help me! This site is the best![​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Yes, yes, that's we all gave up our lives to hang out on an internet forum.
     
  7. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2008
    Cleveland, Tn.
    they aren't kidding, THIS SITE IS VERY ADDICTING!!!!!!!!! I love this site!!!!!!!!![​IMG]
     

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