Don’t Mess with the AMERACAUNA / EASTER EGGER Chicken
Gallus gallus domesticus
By request - What is an Easter Egger Chicken?
There is a lot of confusion in the poultry industry surrounding Ameracauna or “Easter Egger” chickens — commonly they have the Araucana* gene for blue/green eggs which makes them desirable. However, they have been commonly cross bred with just about every other breed to make them better layers, bantams, more docile, or what have you.If the cross is with a white egg layer, the Easter Eggers eggs are blue, if the cross is with a brown egg species, the eggs will be green in color, or brown.
This chicken shows some but not all of the classic Aracauna features, and has likely been crossed with a partridge feathered breed.
*Araucana chickens were purportedly first bred by the Araucanian Indians of Chile — hence the name “Araucana.” The Araucana is a hybrid of two South American breeds: the Collonca (a naturally blue-egg laying, rumpless, clean-faced chicken) and the Quetro (a pinkish-brown egg layer that is tailed and has ear-tufts). The Collonca male and female are very similar, with very few secondary sexual characteristics like comb, wattles or tail coverts to distinguish them. Source
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