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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Fuzzymodo, Dec 1, 2013.
Orderd from M/M in july with Australorpes and Aracaunas.
He looks like an Easter Egger or "Araucana" sometimes called Ameraucanas by hatcheries.
If they don't conform to specific colors and type, they are Easter Eggers (blue eggs).
Here is the Easter Egger club.
Your roo looks to be an Easter Egger which is a hybrid of any breed on one side and either Ameraucana or Araucana blood on the other side....often even a few generations back.
Easter Egger, Ameraucana (often misspelled Americana) and Araucana are often used interchangeably by hatcheries and feed stores, but that is not accurate.
True Araucanas are rare, rumpless (tailess), lay blue eggs only, are pea combed and have ear tufts (or the ear tuft gene, which is lethal if both parents possess it...one reason for their rarity so one half will have ear tufts and the other half is tuftless but carries the gene or is dead depending upon genetics and if both parents carry the tuft gene). Ameraucanas are more common, have beards and muffs, lay blue eggs only, have pea combs, slate colored legs and come in only 8 accepted colors.
Because EE's are mixes they vary a lot with many have green legs, beards and muffs, and pea combs but many having yellow legs and no beards or muffs and single combs. Any Ameraucana that does not meet standards is automatically an Easter Egger.
Easter Eggers may lay blue, green, brown, pink or white eggs depending upon the genetic factor. If your 1st generation EE hen has a pea comb it is highly likely she will lay a blue or green egg as the pea comb and blue gene are closely linked on the genetic stand. Your EE rooster over regular hens therefore may produce some green or blue egg layers depending upon whether the hen lays brown or white. From what I've learned, if your EE roo carries the blue gene usually 1/2 of the chicks will lay shades of brown or white eggs (depending upon the mother) and half green or blue (depending upon the mother). Blue over white produces blue. Blue over brown produces green. Your EE roo over a dark egg layer, such as a Welsummer or Marans could produce an Olive Egger.
A good article on the subject is here: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/09/ameraucana-easter-egger-or-araucana.html
Have fun with your EE roo.
Lady of McCamley
This is an Aricauna, so probably not that.
This is my Americauna rooster:
He's an Easter Egger. Pretty boy!
The color looks so much like that found on salmon faverolle roosters (Photo from SandyCreekBlog--SandyCreekGirl) but I think they have feathered shanks
Easter egger cockerel.
faverolles have feathered legs and five toes, fyi.
Awesome information. Thank you all very much.