What is the difference: Araucanas and Americanas?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Motherhenandflock, May 23, 2007.

  1. Motherhenandflock

    Motherhenandflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I've had several Araucanas that laid such pretty blue- green eggs. Such nice little hens too. What is the difference between them and the Americanas? At the local feed store I just got 2 Americanas. The girl said some of them lay pink eggs. [​IMG] Have you heard of that before?
     
  2. Varisha

    Varisha Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Varisha

    Varisha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also most sold as being "Araucanas" are really Easter Eegers or Americanas.

    All lay blue green eggs.
    Araucanas have tufts that stick out not just puffy looking cheeks.

    Araucanas are the bases for the other two breeds and have a lower hatch rate than the EE's and Americanas. True Araucanas are also very hard to find.
     
  4. DementedHam

    DementedHam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To my knowledge its two names for the same chicken. when i got mine the lady said it was an americauna but i had thought it was araucana. she said it was the same thing.
     
  5. Varisha

    Varisha Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Motherhenandflock

    Motherhenandflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the link Varisha! Those rumpless birds remind me of our Manx cat [​IMG]
    My two little chickies are not going to be rumpless. And I'd say more of a muff on their cheeks.
    They are sure cute and I love the blueish, greenish eggs!
     
  7. Varisha

    Varisha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:A lot of people say they are the same but they are not. They are classified as two seperate breeds.


    Here this page describes all three: http://www.araucanasonline.com/page4.html

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    following comes from the link above on EEs
    Easter Egg Chickens are colored-egg-laying mutts that do not meet the standard for either breed. If you got your chickens from a feed store or any major hatchery, they are almost certainly easter eggers. They may lay blueish or greenish eggs, but they may also lay brown, pinkish-brown, tan, grayish, or even white eggs. They do not have any standardized color varieties -- almost every bird will have different colors and patterns. Some have muffs & beards and some do not. You may see different kinds of combs and different colors of legs. They are medium-sized and all will have tails. It is rare that an easter egg chicken from a hatchery or feed store resembles any recognized color variety. Easter egg chickens are not a real breed, but instead a fun, friendly, colored-egg-laying mongrel.​
     
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  8. Frozen Feathers

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