Help Sexing Americaunas

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Dirge337, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. Dirge337

    Dirge337 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! I know the pictures arent great. They wont hold still! I need help identifying if they are male/female. They are about 19 weeks old and i havent seen any eggs. Ive done my research and they say they dont lay until about 26 weeks old. Anyway! ny help identifying sex would be great! I Have 7 total

    Thank You!


    The first two0 I think theyre female?

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    One on its own

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    Group of 4
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    Better shot of the first two
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    Light brown one in the back
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    Group with the two black ones

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    Im not sure what to look for in Americaunas so any identification on any of them would be helpful.
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    You have all pullets. In Ameraucanas, you want to watch out for tall bodies, lankiness, a thick red pea comb with three rows, a curved tail with sickles and saddle feathers beginning to grow at around 13-15 weeks, and "red patches of death" (mahogany or bright red feathers) coming out on the wing bows, as all are indications of a cockerel.

    Your girls are all 100% female.
     
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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    All of the birds pictured are pullets for sure.

    However, they are actually Easter Eggers, not Ameraucanas. Ameraucanas are a pure breed with a certain set of characteristics, including blue slate legs and a recognized color pattern (only about 7 color patterns are recognized/showable). Unless you get birds from a show breeder, most "Ameraucanas" are actually Easter Eggers. Easter Eggers are lovely, colored egg laying birds that usually have some Ameraucana blood in them but aren't purebred and tend to lack the traits that define an Ameraucana (for example, yours do not fit a color standard). Most hatcheries sell Easter Eggers as Ameraucanas or "Americana/Araucanas", which results in confusion and many people getting a crossbreed instead of a purebreed. Easter Eggers are great birds but they are often mislabeled.

    One of your birds looks almost just like my Easter Egger, Easter.[​IMG] This color pattern is very common in female Easter Eggers.

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  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Oh yeah, forgot to mention this. x2.
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Agreed on all counts.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on Wynadottes7's post; all Easter Egger pullets. There is a good article at http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/09/ameraucana-easter-egger-or-araucana.html explaining the difference between true Ameraucanas, true Araucanas, and Easter Eggers.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    x3 all EE pullets
     

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