The Ameraucana

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BantamWhisperer, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. Black

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  2. Blue

    6 vote(s)
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  3. Blue Wheaten

    8 vote(s)
    53.3%
  4. Brown Red

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  5. Buff

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  6. Silver

    3 vote(s)
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  7. Wheaten

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  8. White

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  1. The Ameraucana

    Although breeders have been improving the Ameraucana breed since the 1930s, when Araucana parent stock was imported to the United States from South America, the modern breed was developed in the 1970s. Breeders developed the Ameraucana to standardize a bird with the blue-egged trait of the Araucana but without its lethal allele combination.

    The Ameraucana breed produces fine-looking birds that have a well-spread, medium-length tail, muffs, and a relatively small pea comb. They have a somewhat stocky build, with broad heads and large eyes.

    The Ameraucana was first submitted to the APA in 1984.

    Facts

    • Class - Standard, all other standard breeds.
    Bantam, all other combs, clean legged.
    • Size- Standard Cock, 6.5 pounds. | Hen, 5.5 pounds.
    Bantam Cock, 30 oz. | Hen, 26 oz.
    • Comb, Wattles & Earlobes - Pea comb; small or absent wattles; small, round earlobes. All are red.
    • Color - Eyes are reddish brown. Beak is horn to dark horn, unless noted otherwise. Shanks are slate-colored, and bottoms of feet and toes are white, unless noted otherwise.
    1. Black - Standard black plumage, including beard and muffs; Black beak; shanks are dark slate to black, but bottoms of feet and toes are still white.
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    2. Blue - Standard blue plumage.
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    3. Blue Wheaten- Male: Plumage is predominately blue - ranging from dark blue to bluish grey - highlighted with striking orange contrasts, including light orange on head and back of neck, bright reddish orange on back, golden orange on saddle, and orange stripe on bow of wings. Female: Plumage is highlighted by wheaten shades ( tans to golden yellows) with hints of light blue on tail and wings and very light grayish blue beards and muffs.



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    4. Brown Red - Standard Brown-Red plumage . Beards and muffs are black.

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    5. Buff- Standard buff plumage.


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    6. Silver- Standard silver plumage. Male: Black beard and muffs. Female: Light gray beard and muffs; salmon at lower extremity of beard.
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    7. Wheaten- Standard Wheaten plumage.

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    8. White- Standard White plumage. Light horn beak.

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    • Place of origin- United States
    • Conservation status- Not applicable
    • Special Qualities- Lays blue eggs in various shades.

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    Thanks!


    I DO NOT own any of these pics. All credit goes to the owners!
     
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  2. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    I can't vote, I don't own Ameraucana's.
    Mine are all Easter Eggers.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You left out splash. [​IMG]

    I have blue, black and splash hens, splash being a natural result of breeding blue to blue. And I have a 1/2 BW Ameraucana hen who is 1/2 EE. Used to have a couple of BW cockerels I rehomed. Beautiful birds.
     
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  4. I only put standard colors, not crosses, but yes splash are beautiful!
     
  5. I have a brown red hen. Anyone know if their whole body is supposed to be black or dark brown?
     
  6. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The body's base color is black, not dark brown. The hen in your description photo looks more like an Easter Egger. You can see accurate Ameraucana coloration photos here. http://www.ameraucana.org/scrapbook.html
     
  7. country chicks

    country chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    We have Blue Wheaten hatching eggs coming. Do the colors vary on the roosters?
     
  8. Chicken Tenders

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    The Blue Wheaten/ Wheaten gene is tricky because the color is genetically a combination of 3 colors which all could come out in the chicks depending on your roo match. This is what I go from a very knowlegable gentleman names Royce- Tailfeathers.

    "The genetics for the WBS variety is as follows:

    WHEATEN / BLUE /Splash WHEATEN GENETICS

    Wheaten x Wheaten = 100% Wheaten
    Wheaten x Blue Wheaten = 50% Wheaten & 50% Blue Wheaten
    Wheaten x Splash Wheaten = 100% Blue Wheaten
    Blue Wheaten x Blue Wheaten= 50% Blue Wheaten, 25% Wheaten, 25% Splash Wheaten
    Splash Wheaten x Blue Wheaten = 50% Splash Wheaten & 50% Blue Wheaten
    Splash Wheaten x Splash Wheaten = 100% Splash Wheaten

    The genetics for the WBS is the same as the BBS with W taking the place of Black and BW taking the place of Blue. I think you can find this info on the ABC website and could probably find the same by Googling it."

    We had a devil of a time finding matches but we got 'em this past Jan. My daughter is breeding the Wheaten Roo to our 2 Blue Wheaten hens this spring & selling day-old chicks.
    If you're interested her is her website: http://gabeyssmartchicks.weebly.com/ameraucanas.html

    Hope it helps.
    Sarah
     
  9. jfunkle

    jfunkle Out Of The Brooder

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    I want this breed so badly!
     
  10. country chicks

    country chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Sarah
     

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