Easter Eggers or Ameraucana???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by raisechickens, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. raisechickens

    raisechickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently purchased these and I know there can be great confusion between Easter Eggers and Ameraucanas. Below are the pics of 3 of the hens and the roster.

    I lean toward Ameraucana since the legs are not green or yellow. They are dark colored, like a dark grey. They have muffs and beards, no waddles. They have been molting and today one finally layed a nice blue egg.

    I am not only curious as to what they are, I am also interested to know how you can tell these are EE's or Ameraucana. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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  2. Free Feather

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    Hens two and three have me leaning towards EE, but I am no expert.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    #1 looks like a Wheaten hen. #2 is not a standard color, so Easter Egger. #3 is not a standard color, so Easter Egger. #4 may be a Blue Wheaten rooster.
     
  4. raisechickens

    raisechickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info so far. In looking at the pics I posted hen 3 doesn't look as blue as she does in person. I am not an expert on standard colors. I should do some searches to see examples of all standard Ameraucana colors.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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  6. raisechickens

    raisechickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the link, it is very helpful. After reviewing the pics on the link it seems difficult to tell the difference between a blue wheaten hen and a wheaten hen. Is the only difference the color in the neck/head area?
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    It's usually only in the tail feathers, actually, that you can see the difference. They are essentially the same color, but Blue Wheatens have a single copy of a dilute gene for black, turning all black feathering into blue or dark grey.
     
  8. wmgatorfan08

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    Sold as Ameraucana at TSC this spring but Im thinking EE

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  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, he's an Easter Egger, but so gorgeous!
     
  10. wmgatorfan08

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    I'm thinking about hatching some eggs with him and my ISA Browns.
     

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