Don't "kill" the messenger

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by pips&peeps, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Why do the people get so angry when they are told they do not have ameraucanas?????

    There is nothing wrong with easter eggers, they have many qualities others do not.

    Ameraucanas are a pure breed and they do have a "standard" to conform to.

    Are they mad because they were duped?

    Are they mad because they were corrected?

    By stating a mere fact without emotional bias or intending malice make me a bad person?
  2. jkcove08

    jkcove08 Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    Depending on the person it could be either reason you have stated. I have learned a long time ago not to say what I was thinking because someone is going to take offense. I am sorry that you have been ragged on for telling the truth! It is a shame that people get duped and that they cant take being told they are wrong. I have EEs. My original hens were bought from a hatchery and called americanas but it is just easier to say that they are EEs and no one gets upset. I just like having the colored eggs and chicks that hatch and look all different. Jenn
  3. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    I know a lot of it could also be the way some people go about it. I am not saying you in particular, I have never seen an instance where you corrected someone. I HAVE, however, seen people put it where it sounds just rude. Not just with EE's, but with other breeds too. When you tell someone their chicken is a low quality mutt (in those exact words) it is hard to take it in a friendly and nice way. I, personally, don't care what my chickens are...they are pets who lay eggs. I was happy to learn that the chickens sold to me as Amerucanas were indeed EE's and the Dominique was a Barred Rock, etc.....but I was told in a nice way.
  4. johnmayersquare

    johnmayersquare Let's Talk About Chicks, Man!

    Nov 17, 2007
    Port Orchard, WA
    How can you tell the difference between EE's and Ameraucana's???? I think you have what you have......and there is no reason for people to be nasty to you for just pointing something out to them [​IMG]
  5. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    pips&peeps :

    By stating a mere fact without emotional bias or intending malice make me a bad person?

    I do the same, I try to tell them, if they don't appear inclined to listen, I just shut up. If you had told me I would have said something like "good to know" & then would go off & research myself.....& find out you were right, then next time we talked I'ld say something like...."Thanks for the heads up, I looked into it & it does seem to be the case"....I am not going to just blindly believe or dismiss what others try to "teach" me.....​
  6. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    What I'm curious about is what if one of your standard Ameracaunas (which I'm sure I've spelled wrong) throws a non-standard colored chick. It is an Amercauna, but non-standard, which would get it labeled as an EE. I kinda like the term EE though, because it includes any bird that lays a tinted egg. When I was a kid I had a rooster that hatched from a lavender egg. He looked like a OEGB, but there was obviously something else going on. I like the pretty eggs my EE girls lay, and in general love the color varieties of backyard eggs.

    In terms of backyard flocks, who cares if the bird meets breed standard. If you are not breeding and you get eggs and enjoy your bird; it doesn't matter what they look like. If you are breeding; that is a different story altogether.
  7. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    I personally would rather have an exotic sounding pet (an Ameraucana, spelled correctly), than one with a silly made-up name like "Easter Egger". But that's just the snob in me. I would really like an Easter Egger chicken because they're really neat, but I just wish they weren't named that. I hope to have one someday, so I'm resigned to explaining to my friends what the heck an "easter egger" is...

    So if I thought I had a bird with a cool purebred name and then found out that I had a mutt, I'd be in a snit too.
  8. BikerBabeRules

    BikerBabeRules Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    Vermont, USA
    I'm curios to know the difference. Do they "look" different, color is different, size, body shape and the like?
  9. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    I am curious to know how you tell also. The FS sold me 2 labled Aracunas. Is that the same as Ameraucans? Just some dummy spelt it wrong or is this actually a breed? They looked like baby chipmunks when they were chicks. Now they are 8 weeks and getting tufts on their cheeks. Are they EEs? As far as people getting upset. It doesnt matter to me, I love them no matter their breed. I just want to be educated about what I have so I am not repeating wrong info and making myself sound like an idiot!
  10. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    ChickenChick, Ameraucanas and Araucanas are two different breeds.

    I'm not well-versed in either breed, but what I've learned on BYC is that purebred Araucanas are referred to as rumpless, meaning they don't have tail feathers. It seems they also have significant head plumage, whether in the form of "muffs", ear "tufts", and/or "beards".

    Easter Eggers are mixes/mutts of either of the above. (I think)

    I believe the way I've spelled the two breeds is correct, so do a search or Google using those spellings and you'll learn a lot more.

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