Explain Ameraucanas to me

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Reinbeau, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    So, what makes a bird a true Ameraucana vs. an Easter Egger? I understand EEs are mutts, but what characteristics are specific to the Ameraucana breed? And I guess it's a stupid question, but why do they sell us birds called Ameraucanas when they're actually EEs? I'm kinda disappointed, although they haven't laid any eggs yet and they're lovely birds, but I really wanted Ameraucanas......
     
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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  3. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I've now read the entire history of the Ameracauna and at least have an understanding of how the breed was brought to acceptance by the APA and ABA. Interesting that they were first bantams and then large fowl.

    I highly recommend reading the entire article on the Ameracauna website to understand the differences.

    From what I have read, the Ameracauna's always breed true, but that is NOT the case with Araucana's....and an Ameracauna is NOT just a tailed version of the Araucana. I think for some people the whole "muffs", "beard", "tuft" thing is confusing...at least it was for me.
     
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  4. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    I do not know what the ASP is, but the APA Standard of Perfection is very clear on Ameraucanas. It has color definitions, eye color, beak color, leg color, shape of bird, comb, weights, etc....
     
  5. erin0415

    erin0415 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So is this an EE or Ameraucana??? I'm still confused. She lays green eggs.


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  6. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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  7. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    Could someone post some pictures of true Ameraucunas? I know I can find one at the Feathersite, but I'd like to see them 'in the wild' here on BYC.
     
  8. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Your pretty girl is an EE.

    She probably has Ameraucana parents and/or grandparents. And she obviously carries the blue egg gene. But she isn't "true" to any of the accepted Ameraucana colors. If you look at the Ameraucana Breeders Club page

    http://www.ameraucana.org/scrapbook.html

    and look at the photos of each color, you will notice that your bird, as lovely as she is, doesn't match any of the colors. It's entirely possible that her mother was a true Ameraucana of one color and her father was a true Ameraucana of another color, but once the colors get mixed, the offspring won't be true to either of them, and therefore can't be called Ameraucana......weird but true....

    Susan
     
  9. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Here are my blue wheaten and wheaten ameraucana hens. They are not of compeltly correct color. I should be getting more of them and maybe some blue soon.

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  10. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

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    Here is my Splash Ameraucana Rooster.
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