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Having trouble Identifying a TRUE ameraucana and Easter Egger

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jenneh85, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. Jenneh85

    Jenneh85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Back in march, I got 6 chickens.

    2 buff orpingtons
    1 barred rock
    1 road island red


    AN two mystery chickens that were sold and labeled as ameraucana's.

    They dont look the same at all, an one of them started to lay eggs, the bigger one with the beard hasnt laid yet and either has my 2 buffs, but one looks as though she will soon as she does this little squat.

    I will post the pictures in order and a egg picture to show the color egg of the one that I think is a TRUE ameraucana.

    I would like some closer on this because I cant tell the difference between a true ameraucana and a EE.



    This is Roo (because I still think its a Rooster)
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    Rocky the Barred Rock photo-bombed Roo
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    This is a full body shot of Roo and Eggly the once sick/dying 156 buck chicken photo-bombing Roo (these gals love selfies too)
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    Now for a close up of Cheeky's second egg found this morning

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    Head shot of Cheeky today
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    Closer up picture of her
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    And a full body picture taken of her about 2 months ago or so.

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    Any help identifying these two gals would be awesome. I know Cheeky lays blue eggs, but I dont know if she is the Easter egg-er layer Roo... or vice versa.
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    You have two Easter egger pullets.
     
  3. Jenneh85

    Jenneh85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So that means That I dont have a true ameraucana.

    So what color eggs with these gals lay ?

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  4. Jenneh85

    Jenneh85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found this online of someone posting their true ameraucana, Roo kinda looks like this hen. Hence why I thought she was a true ameraucana.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    They are both Easter Eggers, and they are both female. There is no way to know what color they will lay until they actually start laying. Since Cheeky is laying blue eggs, you now know that she is blue egg layer. You're going to have to wait a few more weeks for Roo's eggs. She still has a bit more maturing to do, yet.
    For future reference, most feed stores source their chicks from hatcheries. The only hatchery that sells true Ameraucana is Meyer. All other hatcheries are selling Easter Eggers, misrepresented as Ameraucana, Araucana, or Americauna.
    True Ameraucana are always marketed with a specified color. If no color is specified, then they aren't true Ameraucana.
     
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  6. Jenneh85

    Jenneh85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found this online of someone posting their true ameraucana, Roo kinda looks like this hen. Hence why I thought she was a true ameraucana.

    Thank you, Now I feel better knowing what they are instead of thinking they were true ameraucana's. At least I still get the pretty blue eggs.

    Buy ordering from Meyer, what are the odds of survival of the chicks? I truly wanted a True ameraucana.

    All the pictures of Red Ameraucana's Kinda look like Roo, hence why I was thinking she was.

    This kinda sucks LOL - Darn Pet-club.... [​IMG]
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    That's not a true Ameraucana. Many, many people buy hatchery "Ameraucana" and think they are getting the real thing, when they are really just getting Easter Eggers. Brown Red Ameraucana hens are supposed to be solid black with a bit of brown or gold on the their heads, neck, and chest. They are the same coloring as a Black Copper Marans.
     
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  8. Jenneh85

    Jenneh85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know.

    I dont have the space for more chickens anyways my 6 have gotten pretty big, and we spent some money on making a personal run for them. When it is time for me to get more chickens I will go through a breeder this time an get that true ameraucana.

    Thank you to all who helped me out with this, Now I know what they are and are happy to know Roo kinda looks like one. At least 1 of them lays blue eggs.

    Only question I have now since they are EE's does the color of the eggs they lay change?

    Cheeky is laying blue now but will it change?
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    No. The color they start to lay is the color they will always lay. There might be some slight change from the first egg in their cycle to the last egg in the cycle, but it won't be very noticeable. Easter Egger just means that they might have the genes to lay white, brown, blue, green, pink, or cream eggs. The name means that each individual hen can lay a different color egg from the other Easter Egger hens. It doesn't mean that each hen lays a different color every day.
    Basically, there are only two colors for eggshells, blue and white. Blue is dominant over white. Cream, brown, and pink eggs are all white shelled eggs with a 'brown' coating applied. There are over nine different genes that cause the coating, and there are more genes that affect the amount and intensity of the color. Green eggs have blue eggshells with the 'brown' coating applied, making them look green.
    Hatcheries started with Ameraucana type birds, but have crossed other breeds in to improve the laying rate. Every hatchery has their own lines, and have cross bred different things into their Easter Egger lines. And there is no way to know what went into each individual bird. Unlike true Ameraucana, that only have blue egg genes, Easter Eggers have had brown or white layers bred in, and may still carry those genes. We call them Easter Eggers because you never know what color will come from a pullet until she starts laying, and each one can lay a completely different color from the others.
     
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  10. Jenneh85

    Jenneh85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is actually pretty cool, thank you for the great information. I should have bought all easter eggers my husband just said.

    Knowing all this makes them even more special.

    I learned allot today about this breed of chicken and Ameraucana's.

    Thank you so much and Take care!!

    I feel eggcited now knowing I might get a green or pink or cream egg from Roo, even if she lays blue id still be happy. [​IMG]
     

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