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Give me the scoop. what's the diff between EE and Amaraucana?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cupman, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I posted a couple times about a couple birds I purchased from a feed store as "amarucana" birds. Well, most people I've explained the birds to all seem to call them easter eggers and not amaraucana. They are over 8 weeks old now, closer to 9, and they don't have a comb really at all. They have little feathery beard-like things that are short, not a waddle. Both birds look pretty much the same, one has a little more gold to her the other has a little more black in her. I'll try to get pictures uploaded soon but still waiting to get my camera back. But this isn't about my birds specifically, what is the difference between amarucana and EE?
     
  2. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    An EE is a mutt that lays blue/green eggs, an Ameraucauana is an actual pure breed that lays blue/green eggs.
     
  3. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    From what I understand an EE is a mutt. They can lay pretty much any color egg. Blue, Green, Pink and Brown. Most birds you buy from hatcheries labeled "americanas" are actually easter eggers. [​IMG]
     
  4. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those swindlers! Okay question #2. Whats the real way to determine the difference between EE and amerucana? Thanks
     
  5. krissygill

    krissygill Out Of The Brooder

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    looking forward to knowing how to tell the difference.... i got a 1day old lavender aruacana chick from a breeder (that only breeds aruacanas) only to be told by a few ppl on here that its an EE not aruacana.....
     
  6. Katydid2011

    Katydid2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hatcheries sell Easter Eggers as Ameraucanas and even Araucanas (two distinctly different breeds). Because feed stores buy from hatcheries, you would have EE's not Ameraucanas or Araucanas, regardless of what they were labeled when you bought them.

    Easter Eggers generally have muffs, beards, and pea combs like their purebred "cousins" (Ameraucanas) but lay greenish or blue-green eggs rather than true-blue eggs. That being said, I have an Easter Egger that just began laying, and her first eggs were white-speckled brown. She's now laying pink-speckled brown. I had no idea, until then, that Easter Eggers laid anything other than greenish eggs. I also have a purebred Ameraucana pullet that I purchased from a breeder. She hasn't begun laying yet but when she does, her eggs should be a true-blue, as I understand it.

    I'm curious to see what color eggs my 7-week old EE pullets will eventually lay! I originally thought they'd all lay blue-green. I'm just beginning to learn about EE's, Ameraucanas, and Araucanas. Interesting stuff! [​IMG]
     
  7. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wait hold on!!! Aruacana and Amerucana are for sure two different breeds, but I think related. I've read posts on here about the EE vs Amerucana difference but can't remember what they are.
     
  8. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The easiest way to tell the difference between the two breeds is by butt and by face. Araucanas have sweeping feathers coming off their cheeks, and are usually rumpless. Ameraucanas have big ol mountain man beards, and full tails.

    Now, the easiest way to tell the Ameraucanas from the EEs when all you have is an itty bitty chick is to look at the price tag. If you bought your chick for less than 3 bucks, it's EE. People pay buku bucks for a really good quality purebred and standard accepted Ameraucana from breeders.
     
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2011
  9. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are only certain colors accepted for true Ameraucana's where EE's come in all colors.
    My rule is if you have to ask then they are Easter Eggers.
    You can only get true Ameraucana's from breeders just make sure to ask where they got their breeding stock from if they say feed store or hatcheries then they are selling EE's
    Here is a good website to check out for true Ameraucana breeders.
    http://www.ameraucana.org/BreedersDirectory.htm
     

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