Ameraucana vs. Araucana vs. Easter Egger vs. Losing My Mind

| 11/26/2013 11:11:00 AM

The Domestication of Cattle CaitI have a pet peeve. This is a very large and irritating pet peeve. This is a pet peeve that should be the ultimate pet peeve of anyone involved in the poultry industry. That pet peeve is the mislabeling of blue-egg laying chickens.

Every year I help put on our county’s 4-H poultry show at the fair, and every year I have to correct children who call their Easter Egg chickens “Araucanas.” I cannot impress to you how often this mistake is made, and I am pointing my finger at the commercial hatcheries for this abomination. When you flip through a chick catalog or pick out baby chicks at your local feed store in the spring time, you will see a drawing or photograph of a brightly colored chicken with a large tail, muffs and a beard. In the description of this chicken, the hatchery will tell you all about the beautiful green, pink, and blue eggs that these hens will lay for you. They will be labeled “Araucana/Ameraucana” and this is WRONG WRONG WRONG, and let me tell you why.

I will bet my bottom dollar that your blue/green egg laying hens are not Araucanas. Araucanas are quite rare, so rare that I have never actually seen one in front of me ever, but I do have photos to share. In this photo, notice one huge difference between this bird and the colorful egg layers sold at the feed store – she has no tail! Araucanas are rumpless, meaning exactly as it sounds. They’ve got no bottoms. Also notice the prominent feathers on the face, called “tufts.” These are different then “muffs” which are sported by Ameraucanas. Araucanas are the original domestic blue egg layer, and purebred Araucanas will lay bright blue eggs. They carry a lethal gene, making them difficult to breed and raise, but they are stunning birds!

Araucana Black

Now, Ameraucanas are Araucanas that got their passport, hopped the border from South America, and became Americanized. They have tails and muffs. Here is a picture of a real Ameraucana.


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