The Ameraucana is a relatively new breed, that was developed in the United States of America. These birds are best known for their lovely blue eggs and adorable fluffy beards. The Ameraucana breed is often confused with the Easter Egger, which is often sold by hatcheries as Ameraucanas or Americanas.
Types: Bantam and Largefowl
Varieties (Pea Comb): Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Lavender, Mottled, Silver, Wheaten and White
Bantam: 1.5 - 2 lb
Largefowl: 5.5 - 6.5 lb
Personality: These playful chickens charm this owners with their social and sweet nature
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Blue
Egg size: Medium Large
What else you should know:
Egg production and setting ability vary amongst the color varieties. Hens of this breed start laying around seven months of age, and will only lay blue eggs. If hens lay any other color of eggs, they are not true Ameraucanas.
gentle disposition, Beautiful Colors, sweet bird, Gorgeous Birds, blue eggs, sky blue, Nicest Bird
little high strung, nervous temprement
medium sized bird, medium sized eggs, substantial shells, moderate producers
Farm Fresh Eggs from a Silver Ameraucana Hen
One of the best things about each of my mornings revolves around breakfast. If you ask me, it’s hands down one of the best meals of the day! My favorite is scrambled eggs, quinoa, and cheese! I can make near endless amounts of them due to the fourteen Silver Ameraucana hens living on my property.
On average, with fourteen hens, we receive about a dozen fresh eggs every day. When the change from fall to winter happens, and the birds began to molt the egg production slows down to around four or five. We added some heat lamps and a false sun to help with the low egg count. Within a couple of weeks we were back up to a dozen farm fresh eggs a day.
If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that there is a list of things you want to avoid feeding your chickens. If you feed them the wrong things, it could cause them to have a low egg count and or get sick. NO avocados (no flesh, pits, or skins), NO white potatoes (not cooked, raw, skins, or flesh), NO Tomato Leaves (although the flesh is okay), NO rhubarb stalks or leaves, NO eggplant leaves (although flesh is okay), NO apple seeds (apples are okay just not the cores), NO dried beans (cooked ones are fine though), NO white onion (red and yellow are okay), NO chocolate, NO Coffee Grounds (I’ve done this one myself and it is NOT a good things), NO tea bags, NO meat. If you manage to avoid these things, your chickens will love some scraps from cooking. Whatever they don’t eat, I happily compost. It’s really important to give them the shells from eggs you’ve used. I know it sounds a little weird, but really they are solid calcium. Chickens need lots of calcium in order to keep producing eggs!
Lets talk roosters for a moment. I’m sure they are good for something… I’m just not too sure what. When we were purchasing chickens the first time around, even though they said they were gender sorted already, we managed to pull half male and half female. It was a real bummer and we had six that we needed to find new homes for. In my experience, they are MEAN. Five of the six were vicious, and never hesitated to attack. One lived in the barn with the goats for a while. We had to rehome him when we came to the consciences that no one wanted to go out to the barn because we were avoiding a rooster! The trick we learned from someone who makes our fourteen hens look like nothing was this: When you put your hand in to pick out chicks, avoid the ones that willingly let you pet them. They are the boys. They assert their dominance early. Grab the ones who are trying to get as far away as possible. We did this and landed all GIRLS the next time!
We don’t cook our chickens; they are strictly for eggs. I am happy to report that the large blue eggs are YUMMY!.
From MirandaBoyer Feb 6 2015 6:05PM
Labrador of the Chicken World
You just can't beat these fun and intelligent birds. They are the real charmers of the chicken world and they have the cuteness, with their muffs and beards, and the intelligence to match. This feisty breed is always getting into something or looking for something to get into. They are the perfect bird for beginners and children as their extroverted personalities and boldness fit into active families. They are average to good producers of colored eggs (tints of blue through green) Interestingly, we have noticed this breed lays uniquely tasty eggs - and all of our chickens are on pasture.
While not usually competing in shows (these are less common than the hatchery “Easter-Eggers”), there is a spot for the Ameracaunas in the competition (APA, "All Other Standard Breeds" AOSB) - and these would make fantastic agility birds! And if your local fairs host egg competitions, this is your bird.
If you want an active, fun breed that will spend the day gardening, raking or doing whatever it is you are doing - this is the chicken for you. They will jump on your lap (or head) for a cuddle, and then join you to weed the flowers. If ticks, or other bugs, are a nuisance - Ameracaunas have you covered! They are good in warm climates and their minimal combs and lack of wattles set them out to handle the cold well. This is not a great breed for very small yards as these birds have a healthy curiosity, they want to DO and SEE - they need room to roam and people to play with.
Add Ameracaunas to your flock. I will always have them in mine!.
From AndyM Jun 16 2015 8:01AM
Most people purchase chickens for either their egg or meat value. This was the case as I was a first time chicken buyer. My original plan was to buy a group of five that would provide me with enough eggs that I didn't have to buy. Knowing little about breeds at the time, I met a woman who was trying to downsize her flock of Ameraucana Chickens. Since they were still quite young (2 being 4 months old and 3 being 2 months old), I handpicked five out of a group of 20 and prayed that I would have four hens and a rooster. It turned out though that I ended up with three roosters and two hens.
Since this time, I have owned many other breeds of chickens so finally I can compare the pros and cons of this breed.
Ameraucana's indeed have personality. Each chicken has an individual look and it would appear that no two look exactly the same. This was the case for our five which ranged in colors and size. The strongest rooster was a tall grew to be a tall fellow with a stature that was similar to that of a Japanese Shamo chicken, the second in command was a fat brown rooster who appeared to be only interested in food while the weakest rooster was short and stumpy with a constant serious look on his face. The hens, which we had affectionately named Kelly and Penny, looked completely different as well. Kelly seemed to have eyebrows that always creased downward to also give her a serious look while she was tall like the strongest rooster. Penny was round and plump with light brown feathers.
Their coop was a tractor coop - hand built by my husband and I so that it could easily be lifted and moved around the yard to allow fresh new grass every few days. There was more than enough space inside for 5, allowing them a stress free atmosphere with freedom while I was in the yard to watch them. In the beginning they were fed normal chicken crumble for layers but soon I switched to a diet of non-gmo chicken feed - this feed which can be requested from animal feed shops is a vegetable base feed made without the use of modified corn or soy. This diet has been a big hit with my other breeds that I keep.
As chickens, their personality is quite calm although they don't overly enjoy being picked up. They will allow their keepers to do so after trust has been established but would much prefer to stand next to you instead of you touching them. They love the underbrush of trees and their favorite place in my while garden was beneath our blueberry hedge.
They were an interesting bunch and although I planned to sell off two of the roosters, something began to affect them before I could. Ameraucanas, although I cannot say this for every chicken of this type, appear to be a weak breed very susceptible to stress and disease. When I first brought them home, they all began to show signs of coccidiosis (blood in the droppings) that had to be quickly medicated. Soon after, the second rooster began to gasp for air. It got worse and within days, he passed away. We had assumed it was gapeworm but there was no evidence in the chickens throat of it being so. Finally, Kelly began to lose weight and grow weaker and upon trying to pass her first egg, died.
I was devastated as I began to grow attached to them. My luck became worse when the main rooster was taken by a fox. All that were left were Penny and the weakest rooster, whom I named Chaku.
It was around this time, when I was so disheartened over the loss of my three that Penny began to lay her eggs with Chaku always standing protectively beside her. Penny's eggs were sky blue and the most beautiful eggs I had ever seen. She began to consistently lay each and every day, and it made me feel so much better.
Ameraucanas are, hands down, a beautiful breed with so many different looks but they have very little commercial value. They are usually lean and thin so their value for meat production is also low. Being susceptible to sickness, I don't recommend these birds to first time owners or families with young children. They are certainly backyard chickens that need plenty of care and quick action when something strange is spotted in their behavior. Their eggs are a beautiful blue and are certainly delicious but for egg production I would recommend another breed..
From Jessica Marie Sato Jan 7 2014 12:07PM