Sold wrong breed of chicken - is it an Ameraucana?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by OrchidDragon, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. OrchidDragon

    OrchidDragon Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two pullets I purchased from Rural King this spring they sold as "Araucana". But after maturing, they definitely have a tail. Does anyone else have this breed? Is it an Ameraucana?

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    Last edited: Aug 23, 2013
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Ameraucana or EE.
     
  3. Iuvmychix

    Iuvmychix Chillin' With My Peeps

    EE ! :)
     
  4. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Not Ameraucana, for sure. Those are Easter Eggers. And those are two different things--Ameraucanas are not EEs, EEs are not Ameraucanas. "Americana" (look at the spelling) is a way people sometimes spell Ameraucana when they are really selling EEs.

    OP, they didn't sell you the wrong chicken--they sold you exactly what they were advertizing as Araucana. Places like Rural King, feed stores, TSC, any hatchery, any place that's not an actual breeder, will not have real Araucanas, no matter what they say. Hatchery Araucanas simply don't exist. It's frustrating, and it's a blatant lie, and I happen to feel that it should be considered fraud, but there it is. A few select hatcheries (Meyer, My Pet Chicken) have Ameraucanas, but many, many other hatcheries advertize Ameraucanas that are really mixed breed Easter Eggers.

    Here's a very good discussion of the difference between Ameraucana, Araucana, and Easter Egger: http://www.ameraucana.org/faq.html
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Feed stores just don't sell true bred birds. Sorry. It's an EE.

    As WalkingonSunshine stated, the only way you're going to get a true bred bird, of any breed, will be from a breeder. The feed stores like RK, TSC, etc re-sell hatchery stock. Sometimes the stock is a bit closer to true standard than others, but it is what it is.
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  6. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Easter Eggers come from feed stores, Ameraucanas and Araucanas come from dedicated breeders. You'd be paying a LOT more than a couple dollars per chick if you were buying the true breed.
     
  7. chickydee64

    chickydee64 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree with all of the above comments.
    but wanted to say..............they are very pretty EE's [​IMG]
     
  8. Turtles Mommy

    Turtles Mommy Out Of The Brooder

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    This was sold to me as a Barred Rock, when I started looking at adult birds, she doesn't look like them! I am thinking Silver Laced Wyandote? One reason I thought that was her comb. Did i guess right?
     
  9. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

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    Yes, you are right. But, you really should start your own thread. [​IMG]
     
  10. Turtles Mommy

    Turtles Mommy Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, so sorry. I thought it was about wrong breeds being sold.
     

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