Most people mix up Ameraucanas, Araucanas, and any mutt that lays a blue egg and calls them all Ameraucanas, or worse yet Easter Eggers, a catch all phrase with little meaning. For an excellent article on the differences in these terms read Ameraucana Myths & Facts by Vicky Thompson on the Ameraucanas Breeders Club. If you are interested in Ameraucanas you should join both the Ameraucanas Breeders Club (ABC) and the ABC Forum.
Ameraucana have pea combs, black or slate legs, and these wonderful fluffy ear muffs and beards. The nice thing about raising the black and blue varieties is that you can run the birds together and still get purebred Black Ameraucana and purebred Blue Ameraucana. The blue color gene, when inherited, simply reduces the amount of black pigment produced in the feather follicle causing black to look gray. When a chick inherits two copies of the blue gene, the pigment produced is reduced so much, the bird looks almost white with random splashes of gray/blue and black. This variety is called "Splash."
In addition to the American Poultry Association's (APA) standard for the breed, our breeding program emphasizes egg color and size and lay rate.
Here is a sample of the eggs laid by our Ameraucana flock.
We are very pleased with our Ameraucana egg color. We specifically select for a dark, saturated sky blue egg color. Ameraucana have an excellent lay rate. They are the first birds to start laying in the spring. The breed, in general, isn't known for large eggs. By hatching out only the largest eggs over several generations we are increasing the egg size of our flock. At this point in our breeding program, pullet eggs still average a USDA medium size. In general, egg size continues to increase with the age of the hen with adults laying a large egg.
Here is a picture of day old Ameraucana chicks. Even their down has muffs and a beard!
Deer Run Farm employs flock breeding, so when you place an order for day old chicks you will get a mixture of Black Ameraucana and Blue Ameraucana chicks, and occassionally, a Splash Ameraucana chick. Basically, whatever black/blue/Splash color ratio hatches out that week.
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