gold/tan speckling? I think you said you really thought you got pure Am's but b/c of the speckling, we said, not a chance? Well, I have a few almost 4 mo old true Ameraucanas I bought locally and saw the parents. They're the real deal. One of my black cockerels has the exact same tan speckling coming out! The parents are beautiful birds. Really stunning. The breeder said he's been working on the breed for over 10 years. Anyway, he had one blue wheaten hen in with his blue black and splash pen. He said he has only ever had BBS, but he gets the blue wheaten once in a while as a sport, and he kept her b/c he thought she was really pretty. How funny! So it looks like mine is carrying the genes (maybe she was the mom, since she was in the pen ), and I am wondering if the same thing happened to you, but you had the bad luck to get 2 for 2. Luckily for me, I got 2 splash cockerels and the black with wheaten bleeding through, so I can just cull him. I would have anyway, since I only got black pullets, so I would use one of the splash boys anyway. So I just wanted to say that even though they are a cross of colors, and cannot be used for breeding or showing, you might actually have some true Ameraucanas that just had different colored parents. I tried to find the thread, I can't remember if they were girls or boys, but I think they might have been boys? They would probably sire a nice flock of EE's if you decided to use them.