Help!!! Auracanas verse Americanas Please confused??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Blueroo63, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Blueroo63

    Blueroo63 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2009
    can someone explane the difference of the two,
    first off I like tail feathers and want blue eggs
    so what is it that i'm really looking for .please if you have these birds post a pic and egg pics also,and if you have any for sale or trade please PM me very intrested thanks for the help [​IMG]
    just can't really figure it all out thanks glena
  2. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Ameraucana Breeders Club (ABC) offers wonderful information --so does the Araucana Club of America.

    According to the American Standard of Perfection for poultry--

    Ameraucanas have pea comb, muffs (think of a scarf wrapped around their entire face--so very little is showing) forming three separate lobes, tail is wide spread, med. length carried at 45* angle. Blue eggs. leg color is very dark slate with white toes and bottoms of feet.

    Araucanas: Pea comb, ear tiffs (think of little pin curls at each side of the head), tail--entirely absent with no uropygium, feet color is willow to black.. Blue eggs.

    After much studying, I choose Ameraucanas because of the high death rate of the Araucanas --a defect that happens with the tailless gene (I think) causes them to not hatch out well..
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  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    This is an Araucana, from the Canadian Araucana society. Looks nothing like an Ameraucana to me and a picture is worth 1000 words.

    If it's from a hatchery, it is not an Araucana, no matter what they say. Just saw Easter Eggers at a feedstore labeled ARAUCANAS. Sheesh. And if you try to tell them, they just look at you like you've lost your mind.
  4. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    If you want tails and blue eggs, but are not trying to breed chickens, go for easter eggers. Not a recognized breed, but many of us love them. They will most likely lay blue or green eggs. They can be found labeled as Araucanas, Ameraucanas, or Americanas, but are really mutts. They will probably be easier to find and cheaper than purebred Ameraucanas. Because they are a cross between a blue egg layer and something else, and you probably know the mix, you don't know exactly their temperament or coloring (if you get them as chicks) but that's part of the fun with easter eggers. No two are the same. Mine lay really really well, too. They're great birds, even if not a recognized breed.

    For more information on easter eggers and the rest, check out It's the clearest explanation I've found.

    Easter egger eggs (brown one in the center is for reference):


    And a hen:

    This is an actual Ameraucana rooster (though his color's not great):

    edited to add the photos.
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  5. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you really want blue, you want Americauna's and will have to go through a breeder. If you're happy with bluish or green, you can buy 'Americauna Easter Eggers' through any hatchery [​IMG]
  6. cottagegarden

    cottagegarden Eggistentialist

    Oct 2, 2008
    SE PA
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  7. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2007
    Washington State
    Just wanted to say as a WBS Ameraucana Breeder that the above five posts pretty much says it all. You can't go wrong with listening to those.

    God Bless,
  8. lilbirdee

    lilbirdee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2009
    Ridgefield, WA
    So one of my local feed stores is selling Ameraucanas, and the other store is selling Araucanas.
    But what they both actually have is EE's
    Am I right?
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, they have only EEs. Drives me crazy!! But, they really don't care as long as people buy them. The hatcheries are being dishonest about what they have and it's like talking to a brick wall.
  10. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Quote:actually it is the tufted gene that is lethal, the tailess is linked to low fertility [​IMG] a challenging breed for sure

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