Differences between Ameraucana, Aracana and Easter Egger chickens are important to be aware of due to the fact that many people confuse them and think they are all the same breed. There are definite differences between each of these three breeds and, therefore, if you have interest in one of them specifically you should know the differences between them to be sure you get the one you really want.
So, to be sure you can tell the breeds apart, let’s review the differences between Ameraucana, Aracana and Easter Egger Chickens.
You will sometimes (well, often times) see this breed misspelled as Americana or Americauna. A true Ameraucana is a pure breed chicken. They do come in several colors (Blue, Black, Splash, and Wheaton to name a few). Ameraucanas lay blue eggs only.
They also have muffs and beards. Muffs are basically puffy feathers on their cheeks. Beards are, just what they sound like, puffy feathers under their chins.
Aracana chickens are the most rare of these three breeds. One of the main differences between Ameraucana, Aracana and Easter Egger chickens are their muffs, bears, rumps and tufts. Unlike Ameraucanas, Aracanas do not have muffs or beards. They are, however, rumpless with tufts.
Rumpless means that they do not have tail feathers. Tufts are groups of feathers that stick out by their ears. Similar to Ameraucanas, they do lay blue eggs.
Easter Egger Chickens
One main difference between Ameraucana, Aracana and Easter Egger chickens is that Easter Eggers are hybrids while the other two are pure breeds. This means that Easter Eggers do not always have the same qualities since they can be mixes of different breeds. Easter Eggers do sometimes have muffs and beards (since often times they are a mix of an Ameraucana and another breed), but they do not always have them.
Another difference is that Easter Eggers do not only lay blue eggs. Easter Eggers can lay blue, green, brown or light pink eggs. In addition, they are also one of the top breeds in flocks these days.
To find out other top breeds, check this out.
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