Araucana, Ameraucana or Easter Egger (Olive Egger, Rainbow Layer): What's the Difference?

| 8/23/2012 12:33:48 PM

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 Ameraucana Araucana Easter Egger Americana 1 

What is the difference between an Araucana, Ameraucana and Easter Egger chicken? If you’re confused, you’re not alone. Even the experts disagree on some aspects of the histories of these chickens. I hope the following clears up a few of the basics for you.


 Ameraucana Araucana Easter Egger Americana 1b 

Araucana photo used with permission from  

Araucanas were recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA) as a breed in 1976. They are blue egg layers with yellow skin, no tails, no beards and no muffs. They possess ear tufts, which are feathers that grow from a slender, fleshy flap just below the ear. The APA recognizes five colors of Araucana: Black, Black Breasted Red, Golden Duckwing, Silver Duckwing and White.

kathy mormino
9/9/2012 2:08:05 AM

I think Showgirls are next on my list, Lisa. They're so adorable!

kathy mormino
9/9/2012 2:07:39 AM

My pleasure, thank you Alexandrea. :)

alexandra reel
8/27/2012 9:25:01 PM

Kathy, this is wonderful! Thank you for sharing this very informative, and often incorrectly stated, breed description.

lisa ohling
8/27/2012 4:41:33 PM

I have Ameraucanas and Olive Eggers for our eating eggs. Lavender and black Ameraucana's hid at my daughters for hatching eggs. And silkies/showgirls cause they are so much fun...cuddly too :)

kathy mormino
8/27/2012 2:45:32 AM

Spoken like a true chicken addict, Janice. ☺

kathy mormino
8/27/2012 2:45:08 AM

How do you feel about the Araucanas, Trisha? Some people don't care for the rumpless look. I'm on the fence about it.

kathy mormino
8/27/2012 2:44:31 AM

VERY cool, Billiejo! I would love to see photos of them if you'd like to share on my Facebook page!

kathy mormino
8/27/2012 2:43:51 AM

LOL, the hens really don't like to be told they have beards though, Salome. LOL!

kathy mormino
8/27/2012 2:43:19 AM

Nikki, workin' the chicken math. Right ON!

kathy mormino
8/27/2012 2:42:37 AM

Amanda, this is my first year with Olive Eggers and I am fascinated by them!

janice klinzing
8/26/2012 6:35:08 PM

I have Easter Eggers, Aracaunas and Ameracaunas, plus many other breeds. I love them all!

trisha benjamin
8/26/2012 6:13:50 PM

I have Easter eggers and Ameracaunas :)

billiejo miller rush
8/26/2012 3:06:03 AM

I Have Easter Eggers,Naked Neck Easter Eggers,Ameraucanas...And I am working on Blue Laced Red Ameraucanas...They are looking real nice!! ("\(^v^)/")

salome honeycutt
8/26/2012 1:42:32 AM

I have two Ameraucanas! I love their puffy cheeks!

nikki ashley
8/26/2012 1:11:20 AM

We have 6 Easter Eggers and I am seriously itching for more! I would love to have some Olive Eggers

cathy zeiler
8/26/2012 12:18:42 AM

I just have easter eggers, but I've had araucanas in the past.

amanda carpenter
8/24/2012 12:29:12 AM

I really like the olive eggers, their eggs are so unique.

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