Need help understanding Ameraucana standard

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Zahboo, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    I am getting show quality Ameraucanas in about a month and am so excited! I am trying to comprehend the standard, but have questions. I got the standard from ameraucana.org

    AMERAUCANA SHAPE (Large Fowl & Bantam Females)



    COMB: Pea. - How big are pea combs as far as height?
    BEAK: Curved. - Aren't all beaks curved?
    FACE: Nearly hidden by muffs.
    EYES: Expressive
    WATTLES: Small, preferably absent. - Are birds deducted if waddles are seen
    EARLOBES: Small.
    MUFFS AND BEARD: Full, well-rounded, medium length.
    HEAD: Medium size.
    NECK: Medium length.
    HACKLE: Full. - What's a hackle?
    BACK: Medium length.
    CUSHION: Moderate. What's a cushion?
    TAIL: Medium length, well spread, carried at 40ยบ angle above horizontal.
    WINGS: Fairly prominent, carried above the hock joint. Where is hock joint?
    BREAST: Full.
    BODY AND STEARN: Full but trim, fluff well-tucked up.
    LEGS AND TOES: Medium length, four toes. -What color are legs?

    Any pictures of SQ Ameraucanas would be appreciated.
     
  2. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2007
    Arkansas
    BEAK: Curved. - Aren't all beaks curved?

    Some are more than others, I often think that am Americana head reminds me of a hawk.

    WATTLES: Small, preferably absent. - Are birds deducted if waddles are seen.

    I think this is a point deduction, not a disqualification, though I gave my book away so I am not positive.

    HACKLE: Full. - What's a hackle? NEck feathers [​IMG]

    CUSHION: Moderate. What's a cushion? The are of feathers where the back meets the tail, if you look at a picture of a Wyandotte or a Cochin, you will see full cushions.

    WINGS: Fairly prominent, carried above the hock joint. Where is hock joint? Couldnt find a picture, if you go up from the bottom its the first joint, you might think of it as its knee

    Leg color, grey or slate.
     

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