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Breed Spotlight: Ameraucana

Ameraucana chickens come with some confusion in the chicken world. Their name and origin are related to the Araucana chicken breed, and thus confusion abounds.

Best known for their lovely blue eggs, the breed comes in several beautiful colors which adds variety to your egg basket and your flock.

Beloved for their quirky personalities and range of color Ameraucanas may be a great addition to your flock.

We’ve put together a quick and simple breed spotlight so you can get the facts without the fuss. Find out if the Ameraucana breed is the right chicken for you.

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Ameraucana Chicken Breed Profile

Ameraucana Pronunciation:

a-MER-au-khana

Ameraucana Chickens Personality:

Ameraucanas are smart birds with varied personalities in each bird, much to the delight of their flock owner.

They like human interaction but are not considered a lap chicken due to their dislike of being picked up. However, the bantam version is known to be more cuddly.

Hitting in the middle of the pecking order, Ameraucanas like to socialize with only their kind and are rarely broody. 

Ameraucana Chickens Size:

Ameraucana chickens are a medium fowl weight of 6.5 pounds for roosters and 5.5 pounds for hens. They stand 18 inches tall.

Appearance:

Ameraucana chickens have both a beard and a muff giving them the look of a well-fed chipmunk in the face.

They have very large eyes that are bay red in color, a long curved beak, and a red pea comb and wattle.

The legs and feet of the breed are slate blues to black with four toes on each foot and featherless shanks. However, the bottom of the foot is white as Is the chicken’s skin.

Ameraucana Variations:

Color:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Blue wheaten
  • Brown red
  • Buff
  • Silver
  • Wheaten
  • White

Size:

  • Standard
  • Bantam

Laying Skills:

Ameraucana lay around 3-4 eggs a week, about 170-200 per year.

Ameraucana Eggs:

Arguably the best thing about raising this breed is their beautiful eggs! Ameraucana chickens lay medium blue eggs that are bound to add color and cheer to your egg basket!

Free-Ranging Skills:

Ameraucanas love to free-range but do just as well in confinement. They have some hindrance in eyesight due to their extra muff feathers so you may have to keep an eye on them.

They also like to fly and do get some height despite being as small as they are.

Best Climate for Ameraucana Chickens:

Ameraucaunas are hardy in most environments, tolerating the cold but just like their owners, would rather not trudge in the snow.

They have a smaller pea comb which is excellent in the winter as it protects it from frostbite. However, in the summer that inhibits the Ameraucana’s ability to let off heat from their bodies so hot, humid areas are not ideal.

History of Ameraucana Chickens:

Ameraucana history starts in Chile where Mapuche Indians had two breeds of chickens dating back to a recorded date in the 1500s. The two types, Collonca and Quetero, were bred together to make a new breed, Araucana.

However, there was a fatal gene flaw in the Aracauana that caused their chicks to die in the shell.

In the 1920s, the Araucauna were imported to the U.S.

In the 1970s, Mr. Keller from the Pratt Experimental Farm in Pennsylvania tried several combinations of breeding with the Araucana. He was finally was able to get rid of the lethal gene and produced a new type of chicken, called the Ameraucana.

The bantam Ameraucana was recognized first by the American Poultry Association, but the standard size followed suit in the 1980s.

Fun Ameraucana Fact:

Ameraucanas are a rare chicken and can be tough to find for purchase. Due to this fact, the average price for a rooster is $18, and a hen goes for $20. Beware of a lower price tag and make sure to check the spelling of what you are purchasing. Several hatcheries and breeders attempt to dupe the public by offering Americana or Americaunas which are not the same bird.

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