Ameraucana Bantams
Faith Valley Waterfowl
Araucana, Ameraucana, Americana, or Easter Eggers, what
EGGSactly is the difference anyway?
This is a really good question that many folks ask often and many shy away
from tying to answer.  Let us crack open the standards and take a quick
peek.  The Breed Araucana is found in both bantam and standard
varieties. The breed Ameraucana is also found in both bantam and
standard varieties. The Easter Egger and the Americana are not found
within the pages of either the APA or the ABA standards. Let us look at
each of these breeds and define the differences.  I think this chart might
make it a touch easier to compare.  
Araucana
Ameraucana
Easter Egger or
Americana
Admitted into the APA
standard in 1976
Admitted into the APA
standard in 1984
Not admitted into the APA
standard
Ear Tufts (lethal gene)
Ear Muffs (non- lethal gene)
Either  or Neither
No Tail
Has Tail
Might has a tail, might not
Tight feathering
Touch looser feathering
Either feathering
Standard Male weight 4-5
Standard female 3.5-4.0
Standard Male weight 5.5-6.5
Standard female 4.5-5.5
Any weight acceptable
Back- flat, sloping slightly at
tail.
Back- slightly elevated at
shoulders
Any posture is fine
Eyes brown, red or reddish
bay
Eyes- reddish bay
Any color
Green or willow legs yellow
skin (foot bottoms)
Blue slate legs white skin
(foot bottoms)
Any color
5 recognized varieties in both
bantam and standard sizes
8 recognized varieties in both
bantam and standard sizes
Not a recognized breed
Pea comb
Pea comb
Any comb
Red earlobes
Red earlobes
Any color earlobes
Small wattles
Small Wattles
Any size wattles
Blue egg color
Blue egg color
Many different egg colors
So what have we just discovered?  The Araucana and the Ameraucana are
breeds that are standardized and admitted in to both the APA and the ABA
standards. The Easter Egger and the Americana are cross bred birds that
hatcheries sell to fill the needs of the hobby farmer that would like a colorful
back yard bird that lays a range of colorful eggs.

So which is better? That is up to you and your desire for having the bird.  If you
desire a bird that can be shown then the Ameraucana and the Araucana are
your choices. If your desire is to have a colorful backyard flock that you will not
show, then the Easter Egger is an option.

Which do I recommend? I recommend purchasing a standard bred bird over a
hatchery bird. I believe that we need to strive to preserve the genetic integrity
of the standard bred poultry.  I think that by supporting our local breeders of
standard bred Ameraucanas or Araucanas, we will be helping in that goal of
preserving those standard bred birds for the future generations.  If you desire
to learn more about the Ameraucana breed I would encourage you to visit the
Ameraucana Breeders club website at http://www.ameraucana.org/
Wheaten and Blue Wheaten genetics for the beginner:
If you desire to work with either the Wheaten or Blue Wheaten Ameraucana, it will be
essential for you to understand how those genes work.

Wheaten x Wheaten = All Wheaten

Wheaten x Blue Wheaten = 1/2 Wheaten and 1/2 Blue Wheaten

Blue Wheaten x Blue Wheaten = 1/2 Blue Wheaten, 1/4 Wheaten and 1/4 Splash
Wheaten.

Wheaten x Splash Wheaten = All Blue Wheaten

Blue Wheaten x Splash Wheaten = 1/2 Splash Wheaten and 1/2 Blue Wheaten

Splash Wheaten x Splash Wheaten = All Splash Wheaten
Do we sell Ameraucana
hatching eggs?  

We will be offering Bantam
Ameraucana hatching eggs for 2011.
We will have Black, Blue
Wheaten/Wheaten, Buff, & Bantams.
How do we house
our chickens?
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for photos of our portable
chicken tractors.
2009 National Res. Champion Black Ameraucana
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