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Help IDing Araucna/Americana?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Retroangles, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. Retroangles

    Retroangles In the Brooder

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    Hello! Trying to figure out what these are exactly. So far info I have found is confusing. Thanks
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  2. Wishing4Wings

    Wishing4Wings Isn't it Amazing?

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    They look like EE (Easter Eggers) which are a hatchery version of the Ameraucana breed. Sometimes hatcheries call them Americana. Your first two are pullets and the 3rd is a cockerel. Good looking birds.
     
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  3. Retroangles

    Retroangles In the Brooder

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    Thank You for the info! What gives it away as a cockeral? None have shown any signs so far.
     
  4. Wishing4Wings

    Wishing4Wings Isn't it Amazing?

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    The big red comb, but I should have asked for the ages before I presumed the sex. That could be a pullet close to laying or a cockerel that hasn't got his saddle feathers yet. How old are they?
     
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  5. Retroangles

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    Somewhere around 14weeks? I will post a better pic.
     
  6. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

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    You got pics! Pretty birds for sure. I would tend agree that last is a boy.
     
  7. RoostersAreAwesome

    RoostersAreAwesome Free Ranging

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    Pretty easter egger pullets
     
  8. Wishing4Wings

    Wishing4Wings Isn't it Amazing?

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    That's the hardest age to tell. You can look under the feathers along the back, near the tail and see if any pointy shiny male saddle feathers are sprouting.
    A standing side view of the possible cockerel would be best if you have one.
     
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  9. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    You have three easter eggers, which are sometimes bred from ameraucana, but are cross breeds designed to lay colored eggs. They aren't the same as ameraucnana. And I agree, two pullets and a cockerel. EE pullets don't have that big of a comb at this age.
    Some info on Ameraucna vs Araucana vs Easter Eggers:

    https://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2013/12/ameraucana-vs-araucana-vs-easter-egger.html

    AMERAUCANAS


    Ameraucanas are a pure breed that has been recognized by the APA (American Poultry Association) since 1984. They were most likely originally bred from South American blue egg laying breeds but were developed and standardized in the United States. They come in eight distinct colors including, Blue, Black, White and Wheaten, which all share these distinct Ameraucana traits:

    Peacomb

    Muffs and beard

    Red earlobes

    Tail

    Blue legs

    White foot bottoms

    Always lay blue eggs


    ARAUCANAS


    Araucanas are more rare than Amerauacanas and harder to find. They are also a pure breed and have been recognized by the APA since 1976. They originated in Chile most likely and come in five colors including black, white, duckwing silver and golden. Araucanas all share these distinct Araucana traits:

    Peacomb

    Ear tufts (this gene is lethal to developing chicks if inherited by both parents)

    Red earlobes

    Rumpless (no tail)

    Green or willow-colored legs (Yellow on white birds)

    Yellow foot bottoms

    Always lay blue eggs


    EASTER EGGERS

    Easter Eggers are not a recognized breed. They are mongrels or mutts - mixed breed chickens that do possess the blue egg gene, but don't fully meet the breed specifications of either Araucanas or Ameraucanas. They can come in any color or combination of colors and share these traits:

    Any kind of comb

    Muffs/beard/ear tufts or none

    Any color earlobes

    Tail or tail-less

    Any color legs

    Any color foot bottoms

    Can lay blue but also sometimes lay green, tan, pink or even yellow

    So if you want to be guaranteed blue egg layers, you will want to raise some Araucanas or Ameraucanas; otherwise Easter Eggers are always fun because you never know what color egg each will lay until she starts laying, and even identical-looking hens often lay varying shades of bluish or greenish eggs.
     

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