Enough already!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by sepaditty1, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    771
    67
    198
    Mar 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    It seems like the more I read the more confused I get. Can someone please explain to me the difference between and Easter Egger and an Ameracauna???

    Do they both lay colored eggs? Tell me everything you know!
     
  2. buttercup95

    buttercup95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    681
    22
    108
    Jul 24, 2013
    Northern Cali
    I believe Ameracaunas are only available in certain colors. I know there are other differences but hopefully this helps
    www.ameraucana.org
     
  3. shmccarthy

    shmccarthy Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,384
    114
    173
    Mar 27, 2013
    Michigan
    Easter egger: is a mix between an Ameracauna and another bird. It can also be a mix between an Auracauna(spelling?) and another bird. Easter Eggers come in any color you can think of and have only breed generalizations, although they're not really a breed. *most* have muffs and beards, green or willow legs, a peacomb and will lay green blue or even pink eggs. They are not recognized by any poultry association as a breed. Easter Eggers are generally friendlier, lay more often, and are les flighty than their pure bred ancestors. Many hatcheries will (whether on purpose or not) sell Easter Eggers as "Americana or Aracauna" although they are only Easter Eggers.

    Ameracauna are pure bred birds with a peacomb, muffs and beards and black/slate legs. They only come in a very select few colors and will lay blue eggs. If they do not have all of these qualities, they are not considered true Ameracauna. The only place you can get pure bred Ameracaunas for the most part is from private breeders and not hatcheries. I know of one hatchery that claims to have wheaten Ameracauna, but I don't know the creditibility of that. You can check out the "Ameracauna scrapbook" for the acceptable colors they can come in.

    Aracaunas are rumpless(tail less) birds with ear tufts. Ear tufts are different than muffs and although I don't know much more about them, I feel they only come in certain colors too. They also lay blue eggs.
     
    1 person likes this.
  4. Sandstorm495

    Sandstorm495 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,384
    35
    176
    Dec 2, 2012
    Darwin, Australia
  5. DCchicken

    DCchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,021
    107
    133
    Aug 29, 2013
    Maryland
    Are you looking for a specific breed or just a chicken that lays colors other than brown and white? If you wan sky blue eggs, I highly recommend Cream Legbars. They are auto-sexing (meaning you can tell the sex at birth with a very high accuracy) and lay a beautiful sky blue egg. So if you live in an area that does not allow roosters, being able to tell the sex at birth is probably the Cream Legbar's best selling point.

    Or if you want a true olive egg, try Isbars (pronounced "Ice-bar"). The blue variety are gorgeous and they lay nice olive eggs. Experienced breeders can tell Isbar sex at birth, however, I have never been able to do that. So if you can't risk getting a rooster, definitely go for the Cream Legbar over the Isbar.

    There's nothing wrong with Easter Eggers either. They really are beautiful birds. I just prefer rare and unusual chickens.
     
  6. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    771
    67
    198
    Mar 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    I was just reading through the list of different breeds with my son and we both thought it would be good to have some EEs. And since it turns out that there's someone selling some not far from me, I figured I'd find out more about them.
     
  7. goldfinches

    goldfinches Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,233
    28
    168
    May 6, 2011
    Maryland
    It's basically, an Ameraucana is one of the 8 colors, purebred.

    An Easter Egger has a different father or mother in there, not making it one of those 8 colors. It's a mixed breed with traits of Ameraucana, including, hopefully, a colored egg.

    (there are other breed specific qualifications, muff/beard, slate legs, blue egg...)

    Easter Eggers are fun because you get different shades of blue or green eggs from them. You only get blue from Ameraucanas.
     
  8. KYTinpusher

    KYTinpusher Master Enabler

    4,468
    393
    286
    Sep 3, 2011
    Northern KY
    If you are only looking for pretty blue and/or green eggs, you needn't really worry about the difference. All of them should lay blue or green eggs. Just find some pretty pullets of any of those varieties that you like and enjoy them. [​IMG] The only real reason to worry about the differences is if you plan to breed and/or show them.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by