Identify my hens! Javas?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by LesB, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. LesB

    LesB New Egg

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    Hi chicken experts! I bought what were supposed to be Americauna chicks from the feed store and they were darling little chipmunks like the Americaunas I raised twice before. They have since grown into lovely small hens and are laying bantam-sized white eggs. One of the three was a roo I had to rehome with magnificent, long irredentist green tail feathers. Like the hens, he was a small guy, almost bantam size. I know Americaunas can vary tremendously but think these are something else. Thoughts?[​IMG]
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Silver Phoenix. Pretty bird!
     
  3. LesB

    LesB New Egg

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    That's them alright. The descriptions I read match their sweet temperaments too. Thanks BantamLover!
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    What an awesome find from a feed store! How come I never wind up with something like that?
     
  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Agree what good luck.

    Just so you know, as you will be corrected about this by someone eventually, there is no such breed as Americana. The breed is Ameraucana, and you won't find that at a feed store but only reputable breeders.

    What you find mislabeled in the feed store are correctly known as Easter Eggers.

    Here's a good article on the differences. Why does it matter? Because Ameraucana are rarer and carry the genetics for blue egg shells. EE's are hybrid mixes that only have half the genetics for blue egg shells so do not breed forward true and can lay just about any color of egg. That matters if you pay for blue egg genetics and don't get them.

    Enjoy your lovely Silver Phoenix.

    LofMc

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/09/ameraucana-easter-egger-or-araucana.html
     
  6. LesB

    LesB New Egg

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    Thanks LofMc! I know what I've had to be EEs but since they were called Ameraucanas (or some made-up spelling) by the feed store, I referred to them that way. When I said I thought these new pullets were something else, everybody kept insisting that Ameraucanas vary greatly. I suspect what they meant was that EEs vary a lot because they are not a true breed. Right? Anyway, fun to have these lovely smart little birds, even though I would not have chosen them for the eggs. They love my husband and fetch him when food needs a refill. One of them even approached him yesterday, entering the cottage bathroom he was tiling, and basically asked him to pick her up.
     
  7. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!!

    Wow, you are lucky to get Silver Phoenix from your feed store![​IMG] She is very beautiful, by the way.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    I fully enjoyed my EE's, and yes, those vary a LOT.

    True Ameraucanas do not. There are only 8 accepted colors and they have to closely fit the standard to be considered an Ameraucana.

    LofMc
     
  10. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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