The humble chicken has been around for centuries, providing meat, eggs, and feathers to humans. Farmers use chickens to fertilize their crops and to keep pests under control in their fields. Others simply keep chickens as pets.
The large fowl chicks are black and fluffy with a white chin and breast. The males are larger in stature than the females but do have the same coloring on their body, eyes, and feet.
Large Fowl Ameraucana large fowl females have black feathers across their bodies with the distinct slate black feet and reddish bay eyes of the Ameraucana breed. Their tale plumage is more pronounced, and their red pea comb is more significant than the females. Both bantam and large fowl varieties have slate black feet and dark beaks.
Blue bantam chicks have dark grey fluffy feathers, with a touch of yellow on their wings and a dark beak, whereas the large fowl chicks have mixed light grey, yellow and white colors across their bodies and a lighter beak. Slate back feet and a dark beak are a characteristic shared by both male and female. The larger male has a more pronounced black plumage covering his wings and tail with a grey muff and beard and a red pea comb.
The male has similar feathers covering his body with black wing and tail plumage. Ameraucana bantam chicks are bright yellow with orange beaks and feet. The large fowl chicks are yellow and white with lighter beaks and feet.
The rooster has scalloped grey feathers across his body and wings with black plumage on his tail. He has bright orange around his neck and his wings tips and a white and grey muff and beard. The male is iridescent black across his body, tail, and wings, with an orange mantle flowing from his head over his shoulders.
They both have rust-colored feathers across their bodies with a light beak and slate black legs and feet. The males plumage is darker than the rest of his feathers, with his muff and beard multicolored and a red pea-shaped comb. The male is larger and more regal with a black body and plumage, with white-tipped feathers and a mantel.
The tips of the wings and the back of the head have a thin black stripe running down them. The large fowl chick is completely pale yellow with a light beak and feet. Ameraucana bantam female is predominantly white with shades of orange across her neck, back, and wingtips.
The male has grey feathers on his underside with iridescent black plumage covering his tail and wings. He has a black muff and beard surrounded by a flowing bright orange mantle and a pea-shaped comb on his head. The large fowl chick shares the same colorings and has a light beak but dark feet.
Large black Ameruancans are the most popular of the breed and are often the most winning variety at these shows because of how pretty their colors are.
What colors do Ameraucana chickens come in?
Ameraucanas come in eight colors: black, buff, white, blue, blue wheaten, silver, brown-red, and wheaten. They are famous for their light blue eggs and are often incorrectly called Easter Egg chickens because of this.
How can you tell the difference between Ameraucana and Easter Eggers?
Leg color is the color of the legs, while feet color is the color of the bottom of the feet. Ameraucanas have pink feet. If your Ameraucana has yellow feet, or some other color it is an Easter Egger. Skin color is the same color as the feet, the feet is just the easiest way to see it.
Are white Ameraucana chickens rare?
The pure breed of Ameraucana are used frequently for poultry shows, and the breed is still fairly a rare breed in America, even though they originated in the USA in 1970 from a breed called the Araucana.
Do all Ameraucanas lay blue eggs?
“Ameraucanas are easygoing birds, and they should all lay blue eggs.” With Araucana genetics, they tend toward body and temperament Type B.
What is the difference between an Araucana and Ameraucana chicken? If youre confused, youre not alone. Even the experts disagree on some aspects of the histories of these breeds. I hope the following clears up a few of the basics.
Other traits include a pea comb, white skin, full tails, muffs and beards (always together), and slate or black legs; they have no ear tufts. The misleading spelling is usually intended to imply that that Easter Eggers are Ameraucanas, which is wrong on many levels .
Traits include pea combs and wattles that are either small or absent, usually possess greenish legs and beards with muffs. EEs are found in an infinite array of feather colors, which makes them a beautiful and unique hybrid chicken. In the format of essay all eggs are related to the hybrids of the chicken, but is it real we dont know.
The coloring of the Ameraucana is quite variable, with several color palettes to choose from anywhere from black to white, blue to wheaten. The variety of colors available makes this a beautiful bird.
With the eyes being bay red, they can look a bit fierce, but they are quite a docile bird. In reading reviews for the temperament of this bird, I noticed a wide variety of behaviors.
It is generally a friendly bird but doesnt necessarily enjoy being picked up and cuddled. It is thought that mimicry deters attacks from actual hawks or other animals. It can be difficult to differentiate between the muffs and beard, but it should be clearer to see close inspection.
Depending on the color of the plumage, the legs and feet should be slate blue to black. It can be a bit of a late starter, so dont expect your eggs at 18-20 weeks . The Ameraucana does not have any significant health issues, unlike its parent, the Araucana.
The recent history behind this breed extends back into the 1920s and to South America Chile, to be specific. These breeds were ancient even to the Indians and were first noted and written about by the Spanish invaders in the 1500s. The two breeds were bred together either naturally or by human intervention no one knows and from this union came the Araucana.
The genetic makeup is such that it carries a lethal gene that can kill chicks in the shell. The lethal gene gives the Araucana its unique tufted ears. If both parents contribute a tufting gene (ET) the chicks will die in the shell.
The Araucana was brought to the US in limited quantities in the 1920s following the birds presentation by Professor Salvador Castillo at a conference in Santiago, Chile. One of the folks instrumental in raising Araucanas and eventually creating the Ameraucana was Mr. Keller of the Pratt Experimental Farm in Pennsylvania. Interestingly, in the UK, Australia, and many other countries, Araucanas and Ameraucanas are accepted as the same breed, whether they are rumpless or tailed.
A huge plus for many folks is that they lay a moderate to a good amount of light blue eggs. Most roosters can get a bit cranky at times, but they are not overly aggressive that I have found during research. Others have reported that their Ameraucanas struggle to handle highly humid and hot environments.
In some of the hatchery catalogs, a telltale sign is if the birds are advertised as recommended for laying or not for exhibition or 4H use. The Easter Egger is a hybrid of either the Ameraucana or the Araucana and another breed of chicken. Like the Araucana and Ameraucana, the Easter Egger may also lay blue eggs, have muffs, or even beards.
To say that Ameraucana, Araucana and Easter Egg chickens are the same would be like saying Cornish, Brahma and Sex-Linked brown egg layers are the same. The chickens in the first group all possess the gene for blue shelled eggs and the birds in the second group produce brown shelled eggs. Having one or even several traits in common does not make two different breeds the same breed.
Both breeds have pea combs and lay blue eggs, but have just as many differences as similarities or common traits according to the Standard. Today some people still mistakenly get it wrong and that is partly due to all the misinformation and outdated information on the Internet and elsewhere.
What Are The Official Ameraucana Colors?
There are eight officially recognized colors for the Ameraucana chicks and bantams, while a ninth color, self blue, has been added for large fowls only.Lets have a look at each color and discuss which color is found on each bird.
Both bantam and large fowl varieties have slate black feet and dark beaks.
Slate back feet and a dark beak are a characteristic shared by both male and female.
TheThe grey feathers are interspersed with white and edged in black. She has darker head feathers with a dirty white muff and beard.His muff and beard are black and grey with a red pea-shaped comb. A black beak and slate black legs and feet are common to both.
TheMale and female have a black beak and slate black legs and feet.
They share the common traits of the black Ameraucana, sharing the same slate black feet and legs and a black beak. The male does have a pronounced red pea comb.
His muff and beard are black with a pea-shaped comb on his head. Black beak and slate black legs and feet are common to both.
The tail feathers stand up on both the male and the female, but
TheHe has a black muff and beard with a red pea-shaped comb. A black beak and slate black legs and feet are common to both.
The beak and feet are pale. TheHe has a black muff and beard with an orange neck. Black beak, slate black feet, and pea-shaped comb are common characteristics.
He has a black muff and beard surrounded by a flowing bright orange mantle and a pea-shaped comb on his head. A black beak and slate black legs and feet are common to both.
Both males and females share the same brilliant white feather coloring across their entire bodies, the same beak color, and slate black feet.The male is only distinguishable by his tail plumage, muff and beard, and pea-shaped comb.
he female has a white beard around her neck, with the male having a white muff and beard with a red pea-shaped comb on his head. They share the same colored black beak and slate black legs and feet.
The mail has the characteristic red pea-shaped comb on his head, and both the male and female have black beaks with slate black legs and feet.
Ameraucana Appearance and Temperament
The coloring of the Ameraucana is quite variable, with several color palettes to choose from – anywhere from black to white, blue to wheaten. The variety of colors available makes this a beautiful bird.It is considered a winter hardy, dual-purpose breed.The beard and muffs give the bird a somewhat ‘chipmunk face,’ looking like their cheeks are puffed out!With the eyes being bay red, they can look a bit fierce, but they are quite a docile bird. The look is deceiving.In reading reviews for the temperament of this bird, I noticed a wide variety of behaviors.Whether or not this reflects upbringing or other circumstances is hard to determine. Its temperament has been noted as anywhere from skittish to docile and gentle.It is generally a friendly bird but doesn’t necessarily enjoy being picked up and cuddled.The Ameraucana is usually sociable with its’ own kind and usually sits in the middle of the pecking order.It also enjoys human contact and interactions; most folks say it is a brilliant and predator-savvy bird.The Ameraucana is said to have a hawk-like appearance, and some enthusiasts appreciate this quality for free-range flocks.It is thought that mimicry deters attacks from actual hawks or other animals. The laser-focus of their bay red eyes only adds to this theory.
Egg Laying and Broodiness
The Ameraucana was accepted to theThe Ameraucana has a red pea comb, as are the wattles. Wattles are on the small side or can be non-existent.Eyes are a reddish bay color.Ameraucanas have both beards and muffs. It can be difficult to differentiate between the muffs and beard, but it should be clearer to see close inspection.The tail should be carried upright almost at 45 degrees to the body.Depending on the color of the plumage, the legs and feet should be slate blue to black.There should be four toes on each foot, and the shanks should be clean of feathering. The skin on the bottom of the foot is white, as is the skin of the bird.There are eight recognized colors for the Ameraucana:The Ameraucana is considered a light fowl, and weights should be around 6.5lb for males and 5.5lb.Bantams should weigh in at 26-30oz. For males and 24-26oz. For females.
Background and History of the Ameraucana
The recent history behind this breed extends back into the 1920s’ and to South America – Chile, to be specific.The Mapuche Indians originally had two types of chickens – the Collonca and Quintero.These breeds were ancient even to the Indians and were first noted and written about by the Spanish invaders in the 1500s.The two breeds were bred together either naturally or by human intervention – no one knows – and from this union came the Araucana.The Araucana is a parent bird of the Ameraucana chicken.The Araucana chicken was (and is) a scarce bird. The genetic makeup is such that it carries a lethal gene that can kill chicks in the shell.The lethal gene gives the Araucana its’ unique tufted ears. If both parents contribute a tufting gene (ET) – the chicks will die in the shell.Ameraucanas were bred to retain the blue egg gene but eliminate the lethal gene of their parents.The Araucana was brought to the US in limited quantities in the 1920s following the bird’s presentation by Professor Salvador Castillo at a conference in Santiago, Chile.One of the folks instrumental in raising Araucanas and eventually ‘creating’ the Ameraucana was Mr. Keller of the Pratt Experimental Farm in Pennsylvania.He cross-bred the Araucanas with other birds resulting in a mélange of different birds.Some with ear tufts, some with muffs and beards, some rumpless, some with full tails, etc. – all were called Araucanas.Interestingly, in the UK, Australia, and many other countries, Araucanas and Ameraucanas are accepted as the same breed, whether they are rumpless or tailed.