Differences between the Ameraucana chicken, Araucana chicken and Easter Egger chicken breeds 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 Araucana's, but they are not.
Differences Between Ameraucana, Araucana, and Easter Egger Chickens
The biggest differences between Ameraucana chickens, Araucana chickens, and Easter Egger chickens are that the Easter Egger is a hybrid breed while the other two are purebred. But there are some other differences as well:
- All three CAN lay blue eggs, but only Easter Eggs can also lay other colors like green, pink and brown.
- Araucanas are rumpless while the other two breeds are not.
- Ameraucanas have muffs and beards while Araucanas do not. Easter Eggers can have them, but not always.
These three breeds have some similarities (like the fact that they all can be bantam breeds) also, and are often times mixed up and mislabeled. So, it's important to know the specifics for each breed so you can tell them apart.
If you don't know the differences between these types of chickens and you are looking for a specific trait or characteristic, like egg color or feather color, you might end up really disappointed if you get the wrong breed!
Keep reading below for specifics on each breed and comparisons to one another.
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 chickens 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.
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.
- Blue & Self Blue
- Wheaton & Blue Wheaton
- Brown Red
If you want a true Ameraucana, you should only breed like colors together. Otherwise, they are considered a mixed chicken.
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Araucana chickens are the most rare of these three breeds. Two qualities that they have which can help you tell them apart is that Araucanas have tuffs and are rumpless.
Rumpless means that they do not have tail feathers. Tufts are groups of feathers that stick out by their ears.
As mentioned above, Ameraucanas have muffs and beards. Unlike Ameraucanas, Araucanas do not have muffs or beards.
Aracana's are similar to Ameraucanas in that they do lay blue eggs.
- Silver & Gold Duckwing
- Black Breasted Red
Ameraucana Vs Araucana
Both the Ameraucana and the Araucana chicken breeds are purebred chickens and are, thus, very similar. They also both will lay blue eggs.
The easiest way to tell them apart is through their feathering, Ameraucana chickens have muffs, beards, and tailfeathers while Aracaunas are rumpless and do not have muffs or beards.
Another difference is their accepted colors. Both come in Black, but their other accepted colors differ.
Easter Egger Chickens
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.
One main difference between Ameraucana, Araucana 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 are usually a combination of a blue egg layer and a brown egg layer. Ameraucanas are typically used for the blue eggs, but you can also use other blue egg layers.
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. It depends on the genes of the mating pair. If you are breeding chickens, make sure you know how chickens mate.
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.
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.
Olive Egger Vs Easter Egger
Both the Olive Egger and Easter Egger chicken breeds are hybrid chickens. The key difference between them is, obviously, in their name. Olive Eggers have been bred specifically to lay dark, olive green eggs while Easter Eggers will lay a variety of colors.
There are chickens that lay 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, like how often they lay eggs, there are many differences between Ameraucana, Aracana and Easter Egger Chickens.
Easter Egger Vs Ameraucana
Though many times Easter Eggers are part Ameraucana and therefore will have similar attributes, that is not always the case. As we mentioned earlier, the Easter Egger is a hybrid breed chicken while the Ameraucana is purebred.
Ameraucanas will always have muffs and beards while Easter Eggers may or may not. Finally, Easter Eggers lay several different color eggs while Ameraucana chickens will only lay blue eggs.
All three of these breeds have some similarities - like the ability to lay blue eggs. However, there are substantial differences between each breed giving them unique and distinct characteristics.
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