Best Chicken Breeds for Egg Laying [In depth analysis]

5. Ameraucana

This is one of the Best Chicken Breeds for Egg Laying

The Ameraucana is an American breed of domestic chicken. It was developed in the United States in the 1970s, and derives from Araucana chickens brought from Chile.

It was bred to retain the blue-egg gene but eliminate the lethal alleles of the parent breed. There are both standard-sized and bantam versions.

Ameraucana standard weights

  • Male:Standard: 2.5–2.9 kg
    Bantam: 740–850 g
  • Female:Standard: 2.0–2.5 kg
    Bantam: 680–740 g

How does Ameraucana looks like?

The Ameraucana is a very pretty chicken indeed.

She is often confused with Easter Eggers and Araucanas as they are genetically similar.

Ameraucanas have a pea comb and wattles that are both red.

Interestingly their wattles can be almost non-existent on both sexes.

Their face is distinguished by a beard and muff which give them a sweet and fluffy look. To differentiate between the beard and muff you will need to look very closely at the bird.

She has a U shaped body that is quite compact, and you will notice their tail is held upright.

There should be no leg feathering and each foot has four toes – the skin color is white as is the sole of the foot. Leg color will depend on the plumage color as there are several different shades of plumage. It can be anything from a slate blue to black.

Color Varieties

With this beautiful breed there are several recognized colors to choose from:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Blue Wheaten
  • Brown Red
  • Buff
  • Silver
  • Wheaten
  • White

All of these colors are accepted by the American Poultry Association.

However as breeders continue to experiment there are also several unofficial colors now available.

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