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John Ellis

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Ameraucanas
« on: February 11, 2018, 10:53:40 am »
IS YOUR AMERAUCANA GENUINE?
Probably not! “99 per cent of all Ameraucanas sold by feed stores and hatcheries are actually Easter Eggers” That is a composite statement from the Ameraucana Facebook page, Ameraucana Breeders Club and Ameraucana Alliance. The information presented here is from those sites.

I first became aware of the problem when I eagerly acquired my so-called Ameraucana from a local feed store in February of  2016. As a researcher, I wanted to know more about the breed. I learned there are 8 DIFFERENT VARIETIES: white, black, wheaton, blue wheaton, red/brown, silver, splash and buff. When comparing mine to each of those I quickly realized mine didn’t match any. The more I researched the more I found most everyone in the breeders clubs had been duped in the beginning also (its called fraud). This is a nationwide problem and my goal is to have everyone that will listen to be much better educated on the subject so we as a local community will hold our sellers to higher standards and be able to ask informed questions and have high quality birds. If I had wanted an Easter Egger I would have asked for one but I wanted an Ameraucana and did not get one. I still like my EE but it’s not an Ameraucana but you can be sure when I get the next one it will be of the highest true quality. I have located the best breeders in the country and made friends with several.
This is my analogy: If you went to buy a horse and they gave you a mule and said it was a horse, would that be OK? Of course not! While one of it’s parent is a horse, the offspring is still a mule! Same with the chickens.

AMERAUCANAS DO NOT HAVE GREEN LEGS. If your’s does, then you have an Easter Egger. An EE is not a breed but a ‘mutt’ category that lays colored eggs, even brown. Ameraucanas lay only blue eggs, some with a green tint.

Ameraucanas have muffs and beard but no tufts. Yes, there is a difference. Araucanas (not to be confused with Ameraucanas) have tufts. They are rare.

WHAT VARIETY IS YOURS? No one I have asked this of that has one can answer the question (excepting white or black and those are suspicious). If you get a true Ameraucana, the seller can usually tell you which variety and which breeder the stock came from. ASK THEM! If they can’t answer that, then run away! There are no breeders in our area that are listed on the national registers. The closest is in Huntsville. I’ve done a lot of checking on this in the 2 years I’ve been doing this research.

There is ONLY ONE SPELLING of Ameraucana and owners that have true ones know it. If you see other spellings by sellers, then they are misrepresenting them. Tractor Supply was using Amaricana to fool people (I have a photo of the sign). There is no such breed. They have stopped as I understand because of complaints of the breeder’s clubs. Most hatcheries use other spellings such as Americana however my research says that the local feed store got their’s from Ideal Poultry in Texas. They use the correct spelling but they are not selling true Ameraucana birds (see my picture and compare it to the 8 varieties on the breeders websites). While the local store is probably just following what they are told and did nothing intentionally, I hold them to a MUCH HIGHER STANDARD and they should know better. I’m hoping they will learn and correct in the future. I have found 2 national hatcheries who have mended their ways and have true AM breeds at this time and list the original breeder but it has just happened due to pressure from the breeders clubs. Websites: http://ameraucanaalliance.org/photos.html
http://ameraucanabreedersclub.org/gallery.html

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John Ellis

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Re: Ameraucanas
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2018, 11:02:58 am »
Relocated from our Facebook site.

Ed Williamson shared The Chicken Chick's photo.
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BUYER BEWARE! If you are looking for pure bred, BLUE egg-laying chickens, you are not going to find them at a feed store or MOST hatcheries REGARDLESS of which "A" name they invent for
them. Easter Eggers are a mix of breeds that can be found from those sources, not pure breds. Learn the differences so you're not duped into buying something you didn't know you were getting (eg: a brown egg-layer, for instance) --> http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/09/ameraucana-easter-egger-or-araucana.html
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John Ellis

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Re: Ameraucanas
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2018, 11:11:03 am »
This is what the feed store/hatchery Easter Egger sold to me as an Ameraucana looks like. It does not match any of the 8 approved varieties. She's a wonderful chicken just not what I thought I was buying. I'm posting this for educational purposes so others can make informed choices.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2018, 11:14:40 am by John Ellis »
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