Differences between Ameraucana, Aracana and Easter Egger chickens are important to be aware of due to the fact that many people confuse them and think they are all the same breed. A lot of people think that Easter Egger chickens are the same as Ameraucana’s and Aracana’s, but they are not.
There are definite differences between each of these three breeds and, therefore, if you have interest in one of them specifically you should know the differences between them to be sure you get the one you really want. If you don’t know the differences between these types of chickens and you are looking for a specific characteristic, you might end up really disappointed.
If you are looking for a specific trait like egg color or color of the birds, you might be really disappointed if you get the wrong breed!
If you are looking for fun colored eggs, then you should definitely think about getting one of these three chicken breeds. Of course there are other breeds that lay colored eggs also. But if you are looking for blue, green or even light pink eggs you should look into getting an Ameraucana, Aracana or Easter Egger chicken.
So, to be sure you can tell the breeds apart, let’s review the differences between Ameraucana, Aracana and Easter Egger Chickens.
You will sometimes (well, often times) see this breed misspelled as Americana chicken or Americauna. Many times farm stores that sell chicks on “chick days” will get Easter Egger chicken and then label them as an “Americana chicken”.
A true Ameraucana is a pure breed of chicken. That means that they are one single breed and will have the same characteristics across the breed.
They do come in several colors (Blue, Black, Splash, and Wheaton to name a few). If you are wanting a true Ameraucana they you should only breed like colors together. Otherwise you end up with a mixed chicken.
Ameraucanas lay blue eggs only. There are other chickens that lay blue eggs as well.
They also have muffs and beards. Muffs are basically puffy feathers on their cheeks. Beards are, just what they sound like, puffy feathers under their chins.
Aracana chickens are the most rare of these three breeds.
One of the main differences between an Ameraucana, Aracana and Easter Egger chicken is their muffs, beards, rumps and tufts.
Unlike Ameraucanas, Aracanas do not have muffs or beards. They are, however, rumpless with tufts.
Rumpless means that they do not have tail feathers. Tufts are groups of feathers that stick out by their ears.
Aracana’s are similar to Ameraucanas in that they do lay blue eggs.
Easter Egger Chickens
One main difference between Ameraucana, Aracana and Easter Egger chickens is that Easter Eggers are hybrids while the other two are pure breeds. This means that Easter Eggers do not always have the same qualities since they can be mixes of different breeds.
Easter Eggers do sometimes have muffs and beards (since often times they are a mix of an Ameraucana and another breed), but they do not always have them.
Another difference is that Easter Eggers do not only lay blue eggs. When you have an Easter Egger chicken they can lay blue, green, brown or light pink eggs. One common question about an Easter Egger chicken is that they can lay ALL of those colors of eggs. However, each Easter Egger chicken will only lay one color egg. Meaning, one Easter Egger chicken may lay all pink eggs while another Easter Egger chicken may lay all green eggs.
In addition, they are also one of the top breeds in flocks these days.
If you have purchased chicks from a farm store, you likely have an Easter Egger chicken. Many times people will mistakenly think that they have an “Americana Chicken” or a pure bred Ameraucana chicken, however, the chicks sold at farm stores are almost always actually Easter Egger chickens.
If you are looking to definitely get blue eggs, you can get an Ameraucana or Aracana, but what if you definitely want green eggs?
There is a type of chicken that many consider to be a specific type of Easter Egger chicken which will only lay green eggs. This breed is called Olive Eggers. An olive egger chicken lays (surprise!) olive colored eggs.
To get an olive egger chicken you would cross (or breed) a dark brown egg layer – like a Marans or a Welsummer – with a true blue egg layer – like an Ameracana or Aracana. When the resulting chicks are old enough to lay their own eggs, you should get olive or green colored eggs.
So, as you can see, while these three breeds do have some similarities, there are many differences between Ameraucana, Aracana and Easter Egger Chickens.
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