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Name: Other mixed breeds that lay colored eggs
are often referred to as Ameraucanas. Also called
'Easter-eggers" for varied egg color. Egg color
should be light baby blue however.
Origin: Ameraucanas are a recently developed
breed. They have been standardized from mixed
birds that had Araucana blood into the form that they
now take. Serious standardizing is needed to allow
this breed to overtake its 'mutt' counterparts.
Uses: Ameraucanas lay good eggs for their size
and can also produce favorable meat. The birds we
have are a little smaller than our Mad Hatters so
have about the same use. We are still working on
our strains to make them better layers and increase
meat quality. These make good foragers as well.
Varieties: We are currently working on developing red, white and blue strains. We figure this is the best
coloration for an American breed. Salmon and Silver Salmon are our bigger projects. We are also
working on a Patriot pattern that is more red white and blue than the Salmons.
Terms: Like other bantams these are a smaller chicken. Hatchlings are called chicks. Young females
are pullets, young males are cockerels, adult females are hens and adult males are roosters. The fluffy
area from ear to cheek and chin is known as the beard and ear muffs. These differ from Araucanas
because they lack the pinnacle that the tufts grow off of. These birds also have a tail. They have small
wattles under the chin and a pebbled pea comb on the top front of the head.
Behavior: These birds are a very tame and mild-mannered breed. They make good foragers because
they get along well in most flock scenarios. Roosters pick and scratch for food and alert the hens when
they find some goodies. Roosters have been known to aid in rearing the chicks. Our strain has good
maternal instincts and will readily lay and incubate their own eggs if allowed to. They are about the size of
Guinea Fowl and so work well in Assortments with them, creating a productive range flock.
Breeding: Due to their foraging nature these are active birds. Like all of our bantams, they are vigorous
natural breeders and roosters should have an adequate flock of hens to ensure that no one hen is bred
too consistently. Unlike Araucanas, these birds are easily bred due to their true-breeding traits. We have
a variety of color among them but have slowly been standardizing these birds to breed true to color and
form. Our birds lay offwhite and baby blue eggs in a quite consistent manner. Chicks hatch well and do
not need special care. Our roosters show a strong paternal instinct to protect and rear their young.
Keeping: These are not a particularly difficult breed to house. They aren't extremely flighty or aggressive
so do not need special requirements. Care should be given as to normal bantams of this 2.0 -3.5lb size.
They do prefer to roost, scratch and dust bathe like most other chickens and should be given an
environment where they can meet these basic needs. Like other perching chickens, just be sure they
cannot perch on or above their feeder or waterer so that cleanliness is maintained and common diseases
like coccidiosis and sinusitis are prevented.
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