Ameraucanas lay the most beautiful blue eggs. They are a uniquely American breed derived from South American Araucanas, but improved for fertility and lay rate. 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 MSN group. If you are interested in Ameraucanas you should join both the Ameraucanas Breeders Club (ABC) and the ABC Forum.
blue ameraucana breeder
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.”
Think of the blue color gene as a dilution gene. It dilutes out the black color. Gray is a dilute black. 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. The white eggs in the top right row are Leghorn, the dark egg in the middle is a Welsummer, and the two tan eggs on the left are Delaware eggs.
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 are some pictures of day old Ameraucana chicks. Even their down has muffs and a beard!
day old ameraucana chick
Whitmore 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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