Unlike Easter Eggers that hatcheries often sell as Ameraucanas, these are the real deal. We love their fluffy cheeks, pea combs, and sky blue (sometimes minty) eggs!
We raise a few Ameraucana varieties: Self-Blue Ameraucana (aka Lavender Ameraucana), Black Ameraucana; and Wheaten, Blue Wheaten, and Splash Wheaten Ameraucana.
Our main Self-Blue and Black Split pen is directly from APA Grand Master Exhibitor Paul Smith. We also have some Self-Blues from Rachel Heldermon. To preserve feather quality, we breed our Self-Blue Ameraucanas (aka Lavender Ameraucanas) back to Black or Black Split Ameraucanas every few generations. Chicks during those years might be Self-Blue or Black carriers of the Self-Blue gene, usually about 50/50 each hatch.
Starting in 2024, we will be offering birds from our two Wheaten pens. We have a mix of Wheaten, Blue Wheaten, and Splash Wheaten chickens and they will produce any of those colors. One pen started with genetics from Rachel Heldermon and the other from Brad Hensen.
Structurally, we think most of our Ameraucanas are looking very close to the SOP. The biggest flaw we’ve noticed on some of Paul’s blacks and self-blues is a gold bleed through. Some self-blues also have banding on their feathers, which is why we tend to use Black/Self-Blue mixed pens.
As our starter group of Wheatens from two lines grew, we removed two that had feather stubble on their legs, two whose combs were too large, one that didn’t have a high enough tail angle, and three that didn’t have beards.
We will of course only use the best birds we hatch, so we hope to reduce these minor complaints as time goes on.
In our years of keeping them, we've never had an Ameraucana hen go broody!
Ameraucanas prefer to free range but are okay being in a run if allowed to go out and explore occasionally.
Ameraucanas are docile. Even the roosters are usually friendly with people and each other.
2023 Brown County Fair Open Poultry Show
Black Ameraucana Pullet – 2nd Place (Bred by Us | Owned & Shown by Ashley VandenBush)
Self-Blue Ameraucana Pullet – 3rd Place (Bred by Us | Owned & Shown by Ashley VandenBush)
(Photos courtesy of Ashley VandenBush)