Types of chickens – Ameraucana breed | Manna Pro

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I have now been raising, breeding and showing the Ameraucana breed of chicken for five years. I have come to love this purebred breed for its very docile temperament, unique physical traits, and fun personality. Finding the right breed for me, however, was a journey that consisted of first raising other breeds and doing my research.

 

How it all started.

While I now primarily raise Ameraucana chickens, I first fell in love with this hobby while raising Easter Eggers, which are known for laying a variety of colored eggs. Easter Eggers are often times a hybrid, or a mix of breeds; with one breed usually being the Ameraucana. Therefore, Easter Egger and Ameraucana are different, but do share some similar qualities. Raising Easter Egger chickens spawned my interest in pursuing other breeds, which led me to the Ameraucana.

 

A purebred breed.

I joined the breed club “Ameraucana Alliance” to learn more about the Ameraucana breed. The fact that Ameraucana chickens are purebred means they are true to distinct standards set by the APA (American Poultry Association). This standard is similar to breed clubs for dogs, cats and horses.

Easter Eggers and Ameraucana breeds are often mistaken for each other because they can have both beards and muffs. A beard is a cluster of feathers pendant from the upper throat of some fowl. Muffs are a cluster of feathers that project projecting from the face, travel below and around the sides of the eyes, extending from the beard, and covering the lobes. Beards and Muffs are a genetic trait that are always present in the Ameraucana and sometimes present in the Easter Egger fowl.

Hatchery vs. Breeder

Prior to joining the breed club I had only purchased from hatcheries. Once I started learning more about Ameraucana and the benefits of purchasing from breeders, I began solely purchasing from breeders, though there are both hatcheries and breeders that can mistake Easter Egger for Ameraucana. The hatcheries and breeders who mix Easter Egger and other breeds of chickens cannot guarantee blue eggs from the offspring of this mix. The offspring’s egg color can be several shades of brown, blue or green.

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Ameraucana varieties.

The Ameraucana currently has eight (soon to be nine) recognized color varieties. Those colors: White, Blue, Wheaten, Blue Wheaten, Black, Buff, Silver, Brown-Red, and soon to be Self-Blue (also known as Lavender). Ameraucana also come in a smaller version of these larger fowl. The smaller size breed is called Bantam. I have raised white Ameraucana for five years, as well as lavender (a.k.a. self-blue).

I am now working with Blue, Black and Splash. Splash is diluted from Blue and is not recognized by the American Poultry Association. It’s a common color produced from breeding Blues. Breed clubs and I are hopeful this color gets recognized by any and all Poultry Associations someday soon.

Should you choose to purchase these birds you will not be sorry. They are beautiful birds with bright and cheerful eggs, and are a wonderful addition to any flock.

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QUICK FACTS ABOUT AMERAUCANA CHICKENS

  • They lay blue eggs and can vary in shade of blue.
  • Their Pea Combs generally do not get frostbitten because they are small, making them a great breed for cooler areas.
  • They are known for laying 270 eggs a year.
  • They are known for their beards and muffs.
  • The Ameraucana is a medium sized breed and eats less.

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Sherry Klaus

Sherry Klaus

Hi, my name is Sherry. I am a mother, wife, business owner and have a small farm in East Central Missouri. I have always had a passion for animals. I have horses, dogs, goats and chickens. I have a particular fondness for chickens. Chickens are entertaining, beautiful and I just find them to be all around wonderful creatures. I got into showing and breeding chickens shortly after rescuing my first rooster. I now breed and show both Silkies and Ameraucana (Paint, Self-Blue and Blue) chicken breeds. I now ship my birds all over the Country. My daughter shares my love of chickens and shows the Bantam Ameraucana breed. Other than my affinity for chickens, I also have many hobbies. I enjoy gardening, 4wheeling, fishing, horseback riding and playing with my adorable fainting goats. When I am not enjoying my animals I am helping my husband manage our Masonry business. It is a full life and it is just the way I like it.

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