Easter eggers or Ameraucanas?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bazil323, May 9, 2018.

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  1. bazil323

    bazil323 In the Brooder

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    I bought these 2 pullets as ameraucanas earlier this spring, and the lady said they are known by the olive colored legs/feet which they both have. However, when I looked up the breed standards and pictures, I'm not seeing any like them. When I look up Easter eggers, they have almost identical feathering. So imI pretty sure they are actually Easter eggers, but I figured I would double check with more experienced people.

    It's hard to get pictures of them by themselves, so please ignore the Welsummer in the bottom right of some pictures and the cuckoo Marans in the others.
     

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  2. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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  3. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Crowing

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    Feed store purchase?
    Those are definitely easter eggers. Unfortunetly most feed stores purchase from hatcheries that sell EEs as Ameraucana and Araucana. Its miss labeling and misinformation, but its what they do.
    Here's something to read that should help:

    https://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2013/12/ameraucana-vs-araucana-vs-easter-egger.html

    AMERAUCANAS


    Ameraucanas are a pure breed that has been recognized by the APA (American Poultry Association) since 1984. They were most likely originally bred from South American blue egg laying breeds but were developed and standardized in the United States. They come in eight distinct colors including, Blue, Black, White and Wheaten, which all share these distinct Ameraucana traits:

    Peacomb

    Muffs and beard

    Red earlobes

    Tail

    Blue legs

    White foot bottoms

    Always lay blue eggs


    ARAUCANAS


    Araucanas are more rare than Amerauacanas and harder to find. They are also a pure breed and have been recognized by the APA since 1976. They originated in Chile most likely and come in five colors including black, white, duckwing silver and golden. Araucanas all share these distinct Araucana traits:

    Peacomb

    Ear tufts (this gene is lethal to developing chicks if inherited by both parents)

    Red earlobes

    Rumpless (no tail)

    Green or willow-colored legs

    Yellow foot bottoms

    Always lay blue eggs


    EASTER EGGERS

    Easter Eggers are not a recognized breed. They are mongrels or mutts - mixed breed chickens that do possess the blue egg gene, but don't fully meet the breed specifications of either Araucanas or Ameraucanas. They can come in any color or combination of colors and share these traits:

    Any kind of comb

    Muffs/beard/ear tufts or none

    Any color earlobes

    Tail or tail-less

    Any color legs

    Any color foot bottoms

    Can lay blue but also sometimes lay green, tan, pink or even yellow

    So if you want to be guaranteed blue egg layers, you will want to raise some Araucanas or Ameraucanas; otherwise Easter Eggers are always fun because you never know what color egg each will lay until she starts laying, and even identical-looking hens often lay varying shades of bluish or greenish eggs.
     
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  4. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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    Easter eggers.
    EEs are actually known for green/olive legs.
    Ameraucana should have slate colored legs.
     
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  5. bazil323

    bazil323 In the Brooder

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    No it was from a local woman. I got the impression she orders chicks to raise as started pullets and sell, but I'm not 100% sure. I know she has a business of selling young chickens and eggs. The other pullets I got from her are gorgeous and definitely the breeds I bought (Welsummer, cuckoo Marans, gold laced Wyandotte, and blue laced red Wyandotte).

    Thank you for the reading material. I will go over that before trying to buy again.
     
  6. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Crowing

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    Truly, there is nothing wrong with easter eggers. I have two, and one is laying. She lays beautiful mint green eggs, and she's really pretty. Our other one, when she grows up, should lay nice blue ones. You can get all types.
     
  7. bazil323

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    I'm hoping they are blue or green egg layers, but I'm not picky. They are truly beautiful birds, and the beards crack me up. :) I'm thinking I will look on the Ameraucana association website for breeders local to me for adding to the flock for next year or even in the later summer/fall because I do like having quite a variety in the flock. I'm just a researcher, and I like to have my facts straight as much as I can. Nerd is me lol.
     
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  8. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Crowing

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    My older EE is clean, no beard or muffs, so very teeny ears and no wattles. She's very pretty. The younger is a Lavendar Ameraucana (that's a tip too, a breeder will tell you what color and breed you are getting) crossed with a black breasted red Araucana. She's full muffs and beard.... so adorable. I also have a clean faced white Araucana. She's so cute w/her lack of booty.
     
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  9. Crazy for Chickens!

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