To be considered as Ameraucana, this breed must be bearded, muffed and tailed. They must have pea combs. However, they cannot have any tufts. Their shanks should be slate blue and if female, they should have red lobes. They lay beautiful blue eggs. Ameraucana chicken is a dual-purpose breed used for eggs and meat. It is better at egg production, laying about 250 eggs annually.
Ameraucanas are meek, good-natured, and shy. They enjoy human company. They tolerate cold and heat well. They bear confinement well. Though the eggs are blue, the chickens come in a variety of colors. The Ameraucana also comes in a bantam form.
A suitable sized regulator disc is helpful when feeding these chickens. The 1/2-inch regulator disc from PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Chicken Feeder can be used when crumble, pellets, wheat, oats, cracked corn, peas or barley constitutes the feed. For corn, the apt size of the regulator disc would be ¾-inch. The health and productivity of the chickens is dependent on the feed it receives. It is, therefore, important to include correct nutrients, vitamins and minerals in their diet.
An interesting fact about Ameraucanas is that it is America’s most newly recognized APA/ABA Standard Breed. Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten and White are the colors recognized by the American Standard of Perfection and American Bantam Association. Both the full-sized bird and the bantam were added to the Standard of Perfection of the American Poultry Association in 1984.