Ameraucanas vs. Easter Eggers
Two of our Isabel Ameraucanas, Artemis and Athena 🌿 Let's talk about why you might not actually have a real Ameraucana for a minute 🙈🙊🙉
So the first 2 "Ameraucanas" I purchased from a local hobby breeder ended up being Easter Eggers. There are only a handful of recognized colors (blue, blue wheaten, wheaten, silver, brown-red, buff, white, and black). There are also standard project colors that you find in other breeds such as Lavender, Isabel, Peppermint, etc.
When I asked her why her Ameraucanas' colors were all funky she told me, "Well they come in all kinds." 🤔
They did LOOK like Ameraucanas as far as I could tell, and their feathers were exotic and beautiful, so I took them home.
After doing some digging I realized that they were "Easter Eggers" and that there is this HUGE market for mislabelling and selling these readily available birds. Many of which are not guaranteed to lay blue eggs (mine did so I am still thrilled with them to this day).
I absolutely LOVE Easter Eggers btw – it's just nice to be able to tell the difference (and I don't think misleading marketing is cool). So here are a few ways you can spot a pure Ameraucana if you're not sure what you have in your flock:
1️⃣ Easter Eggers are a hybrid chicken while Ameraucanas are a pure breed of chicken
2️⃣ Watch for misspellings of the word "Ameraucana" when purchasing from a store or hatchery — typically without the "U", such as "Americana"
3️⃣ Too much variety in the color of their adult feathers (a mix of 'many colors in one hen') means you have an Easter Egger
4️⃣ Ameraucanas have really cool neck beards and puffy cheek feathers, called muffs (so will many Easter Eggers)
5️⃣ Should have blue (gray) legs
6️⃣ Pure Ameraucanas lay blue eggs – websites should say nothing about "may lay blue green or brown eggs" (random outcomes for whether the chicken will lay a blue egg means Easter Egger hybrid genes)
7️⃣ Both are really really cool
Thanks, chicken friends! 🥰