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What do POL Ameraucanas Look like?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HenMcGhie, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. HenMcGhie

    HenMcGhie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there! I have two ameraucanas who were hatched sometime in March (not sure when exactly). My question is what are my girls supposed to start looking like when they are getting ready to lay? I've noticed changes in their face (getting redder) but what is their comb supposed to look like? I knew what to look for with my RIR's but I'm not so sure with these. Can anyone help me out? Thanks! [​IMG]
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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    To me they look like they are thinking about it, but are still a little while off, though at 5+ months you'd think they would be getting there. Usually the comb will get really red and more noticeable, if they have peacombs they not getting really big like the RIR, but they will change color. The one girl looks like she has a single comb? They are a very pretty and unusual color. Technically I think they are what people call Easter Eggers, the Ameraucana have a written standard and a list of recognized colors. http://www.ameraucana.org/index.html is the link to the national breed club, they have pictures of standard colors.
     
  3. HenMcGhie

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    I think you are probably right on that one. They were sold to me as "Ameraucana's" but the lady kept referring to olive colored eggs. They were beautiful so I don't mind if they aren't true Ameraucanas.

    They both have the single comb or is it a pea comb? I'm not sure. I'm still new to all of this. [​IMG]
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I really like that color, I wish I knew how to make it. Interesting that she kept referring to olive eggs, if she meant they would lay them then one parent is a dark egg layer, usually a marans or welsummer I think are the common ones. From the one picture it looked like the one girl has a small single comb, one row of bigger points down the middle compared to the peacombs which are usually shorter combs but have three rows of points, the middle ones are bigger and the side ones are usually quite small in girls. http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/3-1/dave_anderson/
     
  5. goldfinches

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    Here are some of mine who aren't at POL.

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    Here is one who is still not there, but is redder. When they're at POL, their combs look badly sunburnt.

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    Hard to see, but here's a wyandotte who is laying.
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  6. HenMcGhie

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    Oh they are beautiful!
     
  7. HenMcGhie

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    Thanks for the link! That was really helpful. who knew there could be so many different types of combs. it's fascinating.
     

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