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Ameraucana Chicken

Overall satisfaction

3.75/5

Acquired: Breeder

Gender: Both

Appearance

5/5

Temperament

4/5

Hen brooding behavior

3/5

Foraging ability

4/5

Tolerance for heat

5/5

Tolerance for cold

5/5

Meat quantity

2/5

Egg quantity

2/5

Large eggs

3/5

Colorful eggs

5/5

Buff, Silver & Wheaten Ameraucanas

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Pennsylvania, United States

Posted Nov 07, 2010

Ameraucanas are a true breed of poultry, that ONLY lays blue eggs. All Ameraucanas that are sold by hatcheries, are actually Easter Eggers. (Easter Eggers are mixed breed chickens that carry the blue egg gene.) If you want real Ameraucanas, you can purchase them ONLY from private breeders.

The Ameraucana is not an extremely productive animal for either meat or egg production. They take a long time to mature, and usually don't lay eggs until 7 - 9 months. It is their personalities, and blue eggs that make them a captivating and enjoyable breed.

I raised three color varieties of Ameraucanas and found each to vary in temperament and type.

The Wheatens where our favorites. They where friendly, goofy and downright mischievous to the point where I had to admire their spirit. They where good layers. If I hadn’t had such awful luck with them (we lost most in the first year to accidents) they might still be around.

The Buff Ameraucanas where our least favorite. They where large, antisocial and downright bratty. They didn’t last long.

The Silvers where ultra tiny, sweet and timid. They where awful layers!!! They only laid for about two months out of the year. Literally, they didn’t lay an egg for the other ten months! Most also developed cross beak, at around two-three months of age, which, was weird.

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