mixing ameraucanas?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by salt and pepper, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm curious, if you were to mix two different colored ameraucanas (not EE ) would they technically be Easter eggers then?
     
  2. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    yes they would be considered ee's....granted i don't really see why besides they dont meet the standard and wouldn't be true
     
  3. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    No,they'd still be Ameraucanas but the offspring would likely not be varieties that have been admitted to the Standard. This is how new varieties are created, ask the OEGB breeders. You could always call them a "project".
     
  4. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    The Ameraucana standard doesn't have much wiggle room. Does the bird meet the listed standards? If yes, then you have am Amerauacna. If no, it falls under EE. Doesn't make it inferior, if a bird is an Easter Egger. But be careful, people can get pretty uppity about what is or isn't an Ameraucana, which is a bit disconcerting for new folks.

    Araucanas standards are not as rabid about what is or isn't, because it can be SO hard to get a good Araucana. Just a different breed community.
     
  5. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    wouldn't that include coloring?
     
  6. CrazyCatNChickenLady

    CrazyCatNChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They would be called 'Non-Standard Ameraucanas'. Still an Am, but the colors wouldn't fit into standard.
     
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    They are not an Ameraucana unless it is a standard color that is reproduced by breeding 2 individuals together. Calling them project birds will not make them Ams; only following the process for acceptance of a new color will do that.
     
  8. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    so they would still breed true with egg color, but not with feathering? which would make them a standardized ameraucana?
     
  9. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    oops unstandardized
     
  10. CrazyCatNChickenLady

    CrazyCatNChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. But watch out fot the ameraucana police. Some of them get very serious about what you call an Am or not. But if you take 1 ameraucana and cross it over another the offspring will STILL be ameraucanas, just non-standard coloring and they will still lay blue eggs.
     

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