Ameraucanas

Friendly, Calm, Curious

Recognized Color Varieties

  • Black

  • Blue

  • Blue Wheaten

  • Brown Red

  • Buff

  • Silver

  • Wheaten

  • White

Breed Traits

Ameraucanas, unlike their predecessor the Araucana, have a full tail and all their vertebrates, as well as lovable face muffling including muffs which nearly cover their face and a full, well-rounded beard in place of ear tufts. They also have a full body, slate legs, a pea comb, and big beautiful reddish bay eyes. 

Many chickens are sold from dishonest or unknowing sources as Ameraucanas because they lay colored eggs, but they come from parent stock that doesn't breed true to the Ameraucana Standard of Perfection set by the American Poultry Association. Birds must match one of the eight recognized color variations, have slate legs, a full beard and ear muffs, a pea comb, and lay light blue eggs. Any birds missing one or more of these features should instead be called Easter Eggers or Rainbow Layers as they are disqualified from the Ameraucana Standard. 

Breed History

The Ameraucana was developed in America in the 1970s with the goal of modifying the Araucana breed in order to retain it's beloved characteristics such as the pastel blue eggs, while selectively breeding out it's self-limiting characteristics including the tufted genes, each proven to be deadly to developing chicks in ovo, and also it's rumplessness, which caused fertility problems. The breed was admitted to the American Poultry Association in 1984, and later breeding programs were able to create a multitude of Ameraucana varieties with uniform features. 

Quick Facts

Peak Egg Production

Excellent: Approx 250

Egg Size

Medium

Egg Color

Blue

Tolerant of Confinement

Yes

Cold Hardy

Yes

Heat Tolerant

No

Broody

No

American Poultry Association

All Other Standard Breeds

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