Easter Egger or Ameraucana?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by feelyweely, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. feelyweely

    feelyweely Out Of The Brooder

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    I may be getting chickens and I can't decide whether I should get an Easter Egger or Ameraucana. Both breeds have the qualities i want. I really want the chicken to have the muffs and beard, do ameraucanas have the muffs and beard life the easter egger? which breed should i get?!?!?! Thanks![​IMG]
     
  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Unless you buy a specific variety from a breeder you will NOT get Ameraucana. All feed stores even if labeled Ameraucana are selling EE.

    EE is essentially the same thing except doesn't conform to the Standard of Perfection. Same beards and muffs.

    Personally Ameraucana are much calmer than EE. But all birds are individuals regardless of breed. And Am's should lay blue while you may get blue, green, or brown with the EE.
     
  3. snywalker

    snywalker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have both. Ameraucana's lay beautiful eggs and I enjoy their personality, but they definitely aren't the first ones to lay. EE have such a wide variety that some lay cool colors, and some have really cool personalities. But others don't. But I do love how different EE look.

    So I would say it depends on what you want and how much you want to spend. Because EE are definitely cheaper.
     
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have both and definitely prefer the EE's (unless you want to show.) The EE's lay more eggs, and they lay at a younger age (by about a month) than the Ameraucanas. And as far as color, I am actually getting a prettier blue from some of my EE's.
    Also, they are less expensive. A day old EE pullet may cost you three dollars plus change while an Ameraucana can run $10.00 to $20.00 and even up.
    Both My Pet Chicken and I believe Meyer's carry real Ameraucanas (They tell you which color) but if you gen Ameraucanas from many hatcheries, you are buying EE's. This site is full of people complaining how they "bought and paid for" Ameraucanas only to find they have EE's.
     

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