EE's legs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by AccidentalFarm, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This has come up a couple of times, but I've not seen a definitive answer.

    Can EE's have any color legs or no?
     
  2. chickenlisa

    chickenlisa Invincible Summer

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    I think green legs-am I right or wrong? All of my EE/Americaunas have green legs.
    Lisa
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    EE have green legs and Ameraucanas are supposed to have slate legs.
     
  4. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I have 5 Ameraucanas (that's what I ordered). Some have green legs and the others have blue/slate legs. So I guess I have some EE's in the mix?
     
  5. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hatchery Amercaunas are really just mixes. Sometimes they sell them as Auracana, sometimes they sell them as Americauna or even as Easter Eggers, which is really what they should only be called, Easter Eggers.
    There was a thread while back on the differences... https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=6488&p=2 scroll down to post #16 by Mudhen
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    See the legs on these Ameraucana cockerels I hatched 10 weeks ago? These, the slate legs, are the breed standard. Almost every hatchery I know of advertises Ameraucanas, but sells Easter Eggers.
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  7. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. I was under the impression that EE's being basically a mixed breed could end up with any color legs. I knew that Araucanas and Ameraucana's have the dark colored legs. I was unaware, however that slate was the correct coloring. I think most EE's that I have seen are more of a green/bluish coloring on the legs.

    So, if you order Ameraucana's from a hatchery, (knowing you'll get Easter Eggers), why do some have yellowish legs? What would they be then, if not EE's?
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Look at this chart-it's great! It says EE can have any color leg, but there is a standard for Araucanas and Ameraucanas Most EE do seem to have green legs, but if there is not true standard, then anything goes, as you said. http://www.faithvalleywaterfowl.com/ameruacanas.html
     
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  9. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks- that is a great chart. (now included in my chicken bookmarks)!
     
  10. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    That site is not 100% accurate on leg colors for Araucana. While many require willow legs, it depends on the plumage color of the bird for the standard leg colors. For example, white large fowl araucana have yellow legs. See the links for large fowl araucana and bantam.

    http://www.araucanaclubofamerica.org/Varieties/APA_Araucana_Varieties.htm

    http://www.araucanaclubofamerica.org/Varieties/ABA_Araucana_Varieties.htm

    Yes, EEs can have any color legs because they are mixed birds. It depends what was crossed into them to create them and that determines leg coloring. Most often they turn out green tho.

    Jody
     

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