Ameraucana Chicken: August Breed of the Month

Ameraucana Chickens Lay Beautiful Blue Eggs

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Ameraucana Chicken: August Breed of the Month

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Breed: Ameraucana chicken

Origin: The Ameraucana chicken is a blue egg-laying breed with tails and muffs. It was developed in the United States in the late 1970s by a small group of breeders. They were added to the APA Standard of Perfection in 1984, with a name deriving from a combination of “America” and “Araucana,” their rumpless ancestor. Though the Ameraucana is recognized as a distinct breed in the United States, some other countries refer to both tailed and rumpless varieties as Araucana. The same 8 varieties are recognized in both bantam and large fowl. These varieties were all created by Mike Gilbert, WI; Jerry Segler, IL; Wayne Meredith, WI and John Blehm, MI. Ameraucana chickens and Easter Egger chickens (mongrel or mixed breed chickens that processed the blue egg gene) were both bred up from Araucanas, a Chilean breed so old that it has no documented early history. Lavender Ameraucanas are a very popular newer variety that is not yet recognized by the APA or ABA. Source: Ameraucana Alliance 

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Varieties: Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten and White

Temperament: Very docile

Egg Color: Blue

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Egg Size: Large

Laying Habits: 150 eggs per year

Skin ColorWhite skin, slate to black shanks/legs

Weight:
Large Fowl Size: Cock, 6.5 pounds; Hen, 5.5 pounds; Cockerel, 5.5 pounds; Pullet, 4.5 pounds
Bantam Size: Cock, 30 ounces; Hen, 26 ounces; Cockerel, 26 ounces, Pullet, 24 ounces

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Bantam Silver Ameraucana Chicks
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Bantam Buff Ameraucana Chicks

Standard Description: Ameraucana bantams are in the APA “All Other Combs Clean Legged” (AOCCL) class of chickens. Ameraucana large fowl are in the APA “All Other Standard Breeds” (AOSB) class of chickens. Both were admitted to the Standard in 1984. Ameraucanas have pea combs and slate to black shanks. They are a general purpose fowl for egg production, meat and exhibition. True Ameraucanas are fairly rare and often confused with Araucanas and Easter Eggers. Many commercial hatcheries and feed stores label mongrel Easter Eggers as Ameraucanas. Source: Ameraucana Alliance 

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Comb: Pea, relatively small, higher in center front and rear; Female: Pea, small.

Popular Use: Eggs, meat and exhibition

It really isn’t a Ameraucana chicken if it has: The presence of ear tuffs, or an absence of beard and muffs.

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Ameraucana Chicken Owner Quotes: “For many decades some commercial hatcheries promoted Araucana eggs as being lower in cholesterol and higher in nutritional value than other chicken eggs. Even though those claims were proven false over 27 years ago many people still believe them to be true. Remember that Araucana, back in the day, meant any chicken with the blue egg gene. Heck, those same commercial hatcheries even claimed that Araucana meat had a taste similar to quail! Imagine that — chicken that doesn’t taste like chicken.” — John Blehm, Secretary of the Ameraucana Alliance, as published in Backyard Poultry, June/July 2007.

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