ameraucana chickens

ameraucana chickens


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ameraucana chickens

The Ameraucana is a highly popular breed, known for its beautiful blue eggs.  

The Ameraucana breed was originally developed in the 1970s, and derived from Araucanas. Ameraucanas were bred to retain the blue-egg laying gene but eliminate some of the issues associated with the Araucana breed. 

We have been breeding Ameraucanas since the 1980s — even before they were admitted into the Standard of Perfection by the American Poultry Association in 1984. 

Mature Ameraucanas are medium-sized birds with pea combs, are extremely hardy, and come in a wonderful combination of colors and color patterns making a beautiful laying flock. Baby chicks come in all colors, just like adults.  

Our Ameraucanas are sold as a mixed flock only, and specific feather coloring is not available. Our birds have muffs, but not all will have beards. Hens will breed true for egg color.   1 in every 300ish lays a pink egg, despite our best efforts. 

Ameraucana lay the most beautiful ameraucana chicken eggs. They are a uniquely American breed derived from South American Araucanas, but improved for fertility and lay rate. The APA recognizes 8 color varieties of Ameraucanas including Deer Run Farm’s Black, Blue, Wheaten and Self Blue birds. The Splash color variety is in the process of being recognized currently.
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 Ameraucana Alliance.
Ameraucana on roost
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, chapter ameraucana chicken, ameraucana eggs, the pigment produced is reduced so much that the bird looks almost white with random splashes of gray/blue and black. This color variety is called “Splash.”
Splash Ameraucana
 In addition to the American Poultry Association’s (APA) standard for the breed, our breeding program emphasizes egg color, egg size and lay rate.
Pictured is a sample of the eggs laid by our BBS (Blue, Black and Splash) Ameraucana flock.
Ameraucana Blue Eggs
We are very pleased with the progress of our Ameraucana egg color and size. Although the breed is known and accepted to lay varying shades of blue and green hues of medium size, we specifically select for a large, dark, saturated sky blue colored egg.
Unfortunately, it is still possible for our line of BBS Ameraucana to produce a white egg layer every now and then. This is due to the many genetics that play a role in the make up of the blue egg color. Some of our birds are heterozygous (O/o+) for the blue egg color gene. This means they lay a blue egg as the blue gene is dominant (O) over the white recessive (o+) gene, but can pass their white recessive gene on to their offspring. If bred to another heterozygous bird, araucanas ameraucanas easter eggers, female ameraucana chick, the offspring will have a 25% chance of becoming a recessive dominate carrier (o+/o+) of the white gene allowing them to produce white eggs instead of blue. These birds are still pure Ameraucana and will conform to the APA’s Standard of Perfection for the breed, but will lack the ability to produce the desired blue eggs that the breed is known for. These birds should not be bred forward if it all possible. Deer Run Farm is working diligently to identify and remove these birds to thoroughly transition the flock into becoming a totally homozygous blue egg flock (anticipated Fall of 2024). Most Ameraucana breeders aren’t as aware of the genetic makeup in their flocks so we recommend asking before making your purchase.
  Our line of Ameraucana have an excellent lay rate. They are the first birds to start laying in the spring. The breed 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 chickens. Even their down has muffs and a beard!
Ameraucana blue, black and splash chick
Deer Run Farm employs flock breeding, so when you place an order for day old chicks of the BBS color variety you will get a mixture of Black Ameraucana and Blue ameraucana chickens, and occassionally, a Splash Ameraucana chick. Basically, whatever black/blue/splash color ratio hatches out that week. Our Wheaten Ameraucana are similar, but their black, blue and splash coloring within the wheaten pattern is much less noticeable. When ordering our Self black ameraucana chicken, you can expect to receive a mixture of self blue (Lavender) colored chicks and black colored chicks that are known as “black splits”. Black splits are used to weaken the feather shredder gene that is known to be within the self blue genetic makeup. Black splits can be bred forward to create self blues as they do carry 50% self blue genetics, ameraucana hen and rooster,but appear black as the dominant color. Black chicks from a self blue breeding should NEVER be used in a BBS breeding. They are completely different genetics.
Types of Laying Hens

Ameraucanas, Ameraucana Bantam, Blue Ameraucanas

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