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

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

 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 

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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.

9/9/2012 2:08:05 AM

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

9/9/2012 2:07:39 AM

My pleasure, thank you Alexandrea. :)

8/27/2012 9:25:01 PM

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