Easter Eggers

I don’t know enough about the differences between Americauna’s and Araucana’s to know what we have, or if I even spelled those right. So we just call them Easter Eggers.

I do know they give us pretty eggs in shades from light blue to turquoise to olive green, making for a colorful carton of eggs when mixed with browns and the occasional white egg.

The hens themselves come in a variety of colors. My favorite is one that’s pure white and looks almost dove-like. But she’s quite shy and I’ve not been able to get a good picture of her.

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6 Responses to Easter Eggers

  1. Rurality says:

    Most of our girls look like the second one but one of them is white and another turned out to be a HIM and he sort of looks like the first one there. Anyway we have 6 of the girls now and a few weeks ago they all laid an egg on the same day (for the first time) so I could compare the colors. They seem to change over time though because one used to lay eggs that were pretty blue, and now they’re mostly just shades of green.

  2. The guy from Sand Hill Preservation Center briefly mentioned the difference between Americanas and Auracanas (of course I can’t remember exactly what the difference is right now). I’ll get back to you on that one. Have a good day!

  3. Amy Stewart says:

    Wow. The second one looks almost exactly like our Bess. Yes, whatever you call them, they are wonderful birds, very smart and sweet and sociable.

  4. Araucanas are rumpless and have ear tufts. Ameraucanas have tails, muffs, and a beard. True Araucanas are difficult to breed because the rumpless gene can be lethal.

  5. Shell says:

    Word for word what frogpryncess said. I wanted to add that hatcheries sell these birds as “Americana” because people remember names, not spelling. They assume they are pure bred when they buy them.Sandhill carries Easter Eggers. Your hens are gorgeous, but not purebred.

  6. Anonymous says:

    the difference is that easter eggers lay green and blue eggs and ameraucanas lay only blue eggs.Araucanas have no tales it is quite easy to tell the difference, your chickens happen to be easter eggers which aren’t quite so rare as the other two breeds.