Has anyone ordered from Stacks Chicken Farm?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Chikenbutwut, Jan 29, 2013.

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  1. Chikenbutwut

    Chikenbutwut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm still not totally set on who to order from, and in my looking around I ran across the website for this farm that has a lot of the breeds I'm interested in. It's stacks chicken farm dot com (don't know if we're allowed to post links). They're in Orrtanna, PA.

    It seems they raise chicks up to juveniles and then sell them to you as pullets. They have good reviews on their site and one customer of their's has a blog and speaks highly of them. They've got a pretty good selection...even Birchen Marans.

    The birds pictured on their site look nice (though I think the Ameraucanas look like EEs?).

    Has anyone ordered from or heard of them before?

    Thanks for any info. you can provide. [​IMG]
     
  2. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never heard of them.
    But, yes their Ameraucanas are Easter Eggers.
     
  3. Chikenbutwut

    Chikenbutwut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. [​IMG]

    I'm getting better at recognizing breeds and I didn't think that looked like an Ameraucana color, lol!
     
  4. LoriC71

    LoriC71 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I am Lori of Stacks Chicken Farm. I will post some info in regards to the Ameraucana/Easter Egger breeds. I will also post information about the Araucana breeds. We are located in Gettysburg, Pa, but since we don't trust the post office with our birds, we no longer ship. We offer delivery and pick up.


    The EASTER EGGER OR AMERAUCANA as people like to call them are actually a combination of mixed breeds, with definitely some of the lethal gene of the Araucana or Ameraucana mixed in. This is what causes them to lay eggs of several different colors. The eggs can be anywhere from light tan, dark tan, blue, pinkish or even a pale yellow. These chickens are actually very pretty, with a mix of color in their feathers and they are often found in the backyard flock that us farmers use for egg layers. Of course with all of the beautiful colors they became known as the Easter Eggers because they look like eggs we color for Easter. Let’s talk about the description of the Easter Egger or Ameraucana birds. What does one look like? Well, they can look like the Ameraucana with some traits of the Araucana included. This might be the ear tufts or ear muffs that are a trait of the Araucana. The Easter Eggers' body type is most like the Ameraucana. The Easter Egger may or may not have a tail, long or short. Our birds on our website are Ameraucanas. They are young in the picture posted, but do have a pronounced "muff". The Ameraucana comes in 8 different color varieties recognized by the APA. The Araucana has ear tufts, no definitive tail, lays blue eggs only. This chicken has 5 different color varieties recognized by the APA. The Easter Eggers are not one breed alone. They are a COMBINATION OF MIXED BREEDS. EASTER EGGERS ARE NOT A PURE BREED.
     
  5. Chikenbutwut

    Chikenbutwut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello Lori! [​IMG]

    About the Easter Egger/Ameraucana thing...from what I understand the Ameraucana is a pure breed that lays blue or blue-green to mint green eggs...the Easter Egger is a mix breed with Ameraucana or Araucana in it, mixed with another breed and they can lay tan, blues of differing shades, greens of differing shades or pinkish eggs. Ameraucanas come in certain feather colors, while Easter Eggers can come in any color. Ameraucanas have beards and muffs, but Easter Eggers may have them or may not. Araucanas (which also lay blue to blue-green eggs) have tufts or can be smooth faced and may or may not be rumpless...Easter Eggers also can have tufts. Ameraucanas can be shown, as they are a pure breed, while Easter Eggers cannot because they're mixed breed.

    I don't blame you for not wanting to ship if you've had issues with the post office (which I'm gathering you did for you not to trust them). I'm sorry you went through that.

    Thank you very much for responding. [​IMG]
     
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  6. LoriC71

    LoriC71 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    This is Lori getting back to you. Here is some history: Ameraucanas were bred from Easter Eggers, a mixed non-standard breed derived from breeding the native South American Araucana with Old World varieties. The APA officially accepted Ameraucana as standard breeds in 1984.
    The characteristic muff and beard of the Ameraucana are present in U.K. Araucana as these traits are present in the Mapuche and Quechua de Artes founder stock imported into Europe from the Falkland Islands. The fully feathered faces of the founder stock are of vital importance as they insulate the birds against the frigid cold of southern coastal South America. Winds from Antarctica bring the temperatures to below zero for months at a time. Blue egg laying chickens brought to the Falklands by Argentinians, traded from Mapuche and Quechua speaking Indians, were later exported from the Falkland Islands by British guano and fishing fleets. The Ameraucana is descended of U.K. Araucanas brought into North America during the World Fair in Montreal's 1967 Expo. Molecular data retrieved from specimens of known provenance in the Falklands, U.K., Shetland Isles and Canada, proved to be closely related. Consequently, the Ameraucana is probably closer genetically to the South American founders than the North American Araucana. In about 1976 a group of people imported some Chilean Araucanas. At least one of these people kept his flock breeding only among themselves. Chicks from their blue eggs looked similar to the British tailed Araucanas and the Ameraucanas, however most do not meet the standards of true breeds. They resemble Falkland island birds, originating from the founder birds of Chile.
    The Ameraucanas can come in any color also, but have looser feathering. It all depends on the way they were bred. The Easter Egger can have loose or tight feathering. The Ameraucanas have ear muffs. Easter Eggers can also have ear tufts and ear muffs or even none. The Ameraucana has a large fowl weight, Easter Eggers can be any size. The Ameraucana's back is slightly elevated at the shoulders. The Easter Egger can have any kind of posture. The Ameraucana's eyes are Reddish bay only. The Ameraucanas have a pea comb, small wattles and blue eggs. The Easter Eggers can have any color eyes, earlobes and eggs. They can also have any size comb and wattles. The Ameraucana was admitted into the APA in 1984. I do know that Easter Eggers are not recognized by the APA.
    The Araucana was admitted into the APA in 1976. Their back is flat, tight feathers, has ear tufts, no definitive tail, green legs, lays blue eggs only. They have a pea comb, red earlobes and small wattles. Their eyes can be red, brown and reddish bay. They are a large fowl. The post office needs to learn how to handle birds a little better! I treat my chickens like my children! I take the time to hold them and pet them. Our chickens are so tame that you can hold them like cats! They love the attention! Thanks for getting back to me. Have a great evening.
    Lori
     
  7. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I understand...and I quote from Ameraucana breeders club....
    AMERAUCANA BANTAMS

    Ameraucana bantams are in the APA “All Other Combs Clean Legged” (AOCCL) class of chickens. They were developed in the 1970’s in the United States and lay eggs with blue shells. Breed name: Ameraucana – approved 1984. Disqualifications include presence of ear tuffs and absence of beard & muffs.

    STANDARD WEIGHTS for BANTAMS

    Cock……………….30 oz. Hen…………….….26 oz.
    Cockerel…………..26 oz. Pullet……………..24 oz
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    AMERAUCANA LARGE FOWL

    Ameraucana large fowl are in the APA “All Other Standard Breeds” (AOSB) class of chickens. They were admitted to the Standard in 1984. Ameraucana is a general purpose fowl and has a distinctive blue eggshell coloration. Disqualifications include presence of ear tuffs and absence of beard & muffs.

    STANDARD WEIGHTS for LARGE FOWL

    Cock………………6½ lbs. Hen……………….5½ lbs.
    Cockerel………….5½ lbs. Pullet……………..4½ lbs.



    AMERAUCANA VARIETIES (Large Fowl & Bantam)

    Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten & White






     
  8. LoriC71

    LoriC71 Out Of The Brooder

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    I wanted to clarify that with the Ameraucana, eight colors are officially recognized for poultry shows by the American Poultry Association: Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten and White. There are several project colors, including Lavender.

    Lori
     
  9. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So from that I must say the Ameraucana MUST have muffs no tufts must have a tail AND lay a blue colored egg.
     
  10. LoriC71

    LoriC71 Out Of The Brooder

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    We must be in agreement, "Overrun with Chickens", for the American Poultry Association is where I have researched all of my information a long time ago.
     
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