Bearded Beauties & Blue Eggs
Ameraucanas were introduced to America in the 1970's, derived from the Araucana breed. True Ameraucanas have slate shanks, white bottomed feet, full muffs and beards, and lay blue eggs only. Often confused for Easter Eggers.
Eggs: Blue, around 250/year
SOP varieties: Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten, White, & Self Blue (aka Lavender).
Comb: Pea Comb
LF Weight: 5.5 - 6.5 lb (Male), 4.5 - 5.5 lb (Female)
Lavender Ameraucanas combine two things I love most in life, fluffy cheeked chickens and all things purple. While known more commonly as Lavender, the actual color variety according to SOP is Self Blue. To be honest, it is a more apt description of the soft grey plumage. Self Blue feathers are solid and should have no lacing, but that doesn't take away from their stunning beauty. I swear, out of the corner of my eye, I can catch a lavender look to them.
Just like all varieties of Ameraucanas, Self Blue will provide you a bonny basket of blue eggs. A good layer, producing around 200-250 eggs per year. Self Blue and Blue Ameraucanas are two VERY different colors, and for breeding purposes, should not be kept in the same pens. Self Blue is a recessive trait, and when bred to self blue, breeds true. Meaning hatching eggs will only provide self blue chicks.
We keep our Self Blues in a devoted pen to ensure no crossing with our BBS beauties. We keep a small flock of 8-10 hens with our best roosters to ensure good fertility. We examine our birds and remove any with tail shredder from our breeding stock, as well as selecting for conformity. Our Ameraucanas have sweet temperaments, often following us around the yard as we go about our chores. Hens have a tendency towards broodiness, and we have found they need taller pens. No-one has told Ameraucanas that chickens can't fly!
We offer hatching eggs and chicks locally to share this beautiful breed with our region.
Lavender....Self Blue....What's in name? I am way too distracted by those cheeks!
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