The Ameraucana breed was derived from blue egg laying
Chickens, but they do not have the breeding problems inherent to Araucanas. In
addition, rather than ear tufts, they have muffs and a beard, and are very hardy
and sweet. They lay eggs in shades of blue, and even have blue (or "slate")
legs. Less rare than Araucanas, they are still quite rare and only available
through breeders at this time. They should not be confused with Easter Eggers,
which can lay blue and green eggs, and do not conform to any breed standard.
However, many hatcheries continue to call their Easter Eggers "Americanas" (and
other various misspellings). If you are interested in showing your birds, make
sure that you have true Ameraucana or Araucana.
What are the major differences between Ameraucana
and Araucana Chickens?
Both breeds lay eggs with shells colored various shades of blue, have pea
combs, and should have red earlobes. Beyond that few similarities exist in
specimens meeting the requirements of recognized poultry standards. Perhaps 99
percent of Chickens sold as Araucanas (or Ameraucanas) by commercial hatcheries
are actually mongrels (aka Easter Egg Chickens), meeting the requirements of
Characteristics: According to the American Poultry Association (APA), the Araucana breed must
be rumpless (no tail) and have ear tufts. Ear tufts are clumps of feathers
growing from small tabs of skin usually found at or near the region of the ear
openings. This feature is unique in the U.S. to the Araucana breed. This trait
is nearly always lethal to unhatched chicks when inherited from both parents.
Tufted Araucanas, therefore, are always genetically impure, i.e., they don't
breed true and will always produce a percentage of "clean-faced" offspring.
The Ameraucana breed, on the other hand, has a tail and sports muffs and
beard in the facial area. These characteristics are true-breeding. Other
requirements of both breeds may be found in the APA's Standard of Perfection and
in the American Bantam Association's (ABA) Bantam Standard.
- Standard Weights: Cock-30 oz; Hen-26 oz; Cockerel-26 oz; Pullet-24 oz.
- Varieties: Black, Blue, Blue-wheaten, Brown-red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten, & White
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: Blue
- Use: Exhibition
- Origin: USA
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