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What's the Difference: Ameraucana vs. Easter Egger




I will admit that when we first embarked on our chicken journey back in 2014 I thought a chicken was a chicken. Once we started doing research we were amazed at all the breeds and their differences. My family and I quickly came to the conclusion that we needed an Ameraucana because it laid blue eggs and had a beard!  

Meet Edna, our Ameraucana...or so we thought.



When Edna laid her first egg we didn't think much about the fact that it was actually more of a mint green than blue, but as time went on we began to wonder about her breed because her glorious beard wasn't coming in. When doing some research I came across an article written by Lisa Steele with Fresh Eggs Daily called  Ameraucana vs. Araucana vs. Easter Eggers - The Blue Egg Layers and this is what I learned: 


Ameraucana
Pure breed chicken, originating from South America, recognized by the APA since 1984

blue eggs
pea comb
muff and beard
red earlobes
tail
blue legs
light foot bottoms


Easter Egger
Mixed breed chicken, not recognized by the APA

blue, green, tan, pink or yellow eggs
any kind of comb
muff, beards, ear tufts or none
any color ear lobes
tail or tail-less
any color eggs
any color foot bottoms


According to these descriptions, it appears our local feed store sold us an Easter Egger, not an Ameraucana.  Why the mix up? According to The Chicken Chick, "...[Ameraucanas] are only available through reputable breeders, regardless of advertisements by hatcheries, and other large scale distributions sources."  The Chicken Chick warns that if you see "Americana" being advertised, the misspelling is usually intended to imply that they are selling Easter Eggers.  

In the end, Ameraucana or not, we loved our Edna.  Our biggest disappointment in our findings was the fact that she wasn't going to have a beard! 


For more information on the differences between an Ameraucana and Easter Egger read Fresh Eggs Daily's article: Ameraucana vs. Araucana vs. Easter Egger - The Blue Egg Layers.



Ameraucana vs. Easter Egger Drawing By My Kindergartner



Thanks for reading!





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