Not sure what the breed is...

Frazzemrat1

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So how do you know the difference between Ameraucana and EE?
there's some small differences, and some big ones... here:


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.
 

momma chickie

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Ok...well according to the descriptions it is possible I have an Ameraucana because I was told she would lay blue eggs...but I guess to be sure I will have to wait and see what she lays.
 

AsaDotJava

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Ok...well according to the descriptions it is possible I have an Ameraucana because I was told she would lay blue eggs...but I guess to be sure I will have to wait and see what she lays.
Laying blue eggs doesn't make her an Ameraucana. Multiple breds lay blue eggs. She would need to meet the physical requirements for Ameraucanas.
 

Frazzemrat1

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Ok...well according to the descriptions it is possible I have an Ameraucana because I was told she would lay blue eggs...but I guess to be sure I will have to wait and see what she lays.
Actually with her plumage color, leg color and lack of muffs and beard, there's no way she's an ameraucana. Its possible she'll lay blue eggs, but that's only one of the defining traits of the breed.
 

Gray Farms

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Easter Egger...

eta: This is a common problem... Hatcheries, and by extension feed stores, spell the name of the breed with an I in the middle: Americana, rather than the proper spelling: ameraucana. By doing this, they trick people into buying cheaper easter eggers, instead of the more expensive ameraucana.
Agreed 100%
 

momma chickie

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So Mary...my unknown breed lays a light blue egg, my other hen that is supposed to be Americauna also is laying a green egg...the white hen with puffy cheek patches has yet to show us an egg...thinking she might be hiding them in the yard.
 
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